The World: The Final Days: Hanoi's Version

Two Hanoi newspapers have lately been publishing a serial account of last year's conquest of South Viet Nam. Written by North Vietnamese Chief of Staff General Van Tien Dung—second in military command to Defense Minister Vo Nguyen Giap—the remarkably candid narrative offers an intimate glimpse of North Vietnamese thoughts on the successful offensive. Some of Dung's main disclosures:

> The planning for the final offensive began fully a year before the attacks that signaled the end for Saigon. During a series of meetings in the spring of 1974, Hanoi's generals decided that the balance...

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