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Bloody Sieges Of Khe Sahn and Con Thien: Miscalculation in Vietnam   -  Discontinued

Bloody Sieges Of Khe Sahn and Con Thien: Miscalculation in Vietnam

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50 min.
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A & E Entertainment
For most of the Vietnam War, American military strategists hoped to draw the enemy into a big battle in the open. The Vietnamese refused to let this happen, preferring to fight at night with deadly, hit-and-run strikes. But in the fall of 1967, a battle at the obscure American outpost of Con Thien appeared to be the fight U.S. planners hoped for. THE 20th CENTURY examines the controversial engagement at Con Thien and the larger battle that followed at Khe Sanh. In both cases the enemy simply melted away when it looked like the Americans might be able to press their advantages. Soldiers reveal what it was like at Khe Sanh, where 6,000 marines were pinned down for 77 days, dependent on airstrikes to hold the enemy at bay. See extensive footage from these engagements, and examine their inconclusive results. Like the war itself, these were battles with no clear victors that made only one thing clear--the senselessness of the fight.

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