|A new stamp issued to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive 1968.|
HÀ NỘI — A stamp reflecting the bravery and patriotism of Vietnamese soldiers during the Tết Offensive in 1968, one of the largest military operations of the American War, has just been published.
Known in the West as the Tết Offensive, the event involved surprise attacks by the National Liberation Front force and Vietnamese People’s Army of Việt Nam on South Vietnamese forces and the United States military and its allies.
The first attacks took place on the Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday, when Vietnamese generally relax and enjoy the companionship of family. The offensive took place countrywide in a well co-ordinated manner, involving more than 80,000 National Front for the Liberation of Southern Việt Nam soldiers and North Vietnamese troops hitting more than 100 cities and towns across the Central and Southern regions.
During the Battle of Huế, the month-long fighting led to substantial destruction of parts of the old imperial city.
“The stamp aims to celebrate 50th anniversary of the offensive in order to confirm the meaning of the offensive and its valuable experience lessons,” said Nguyễn Minh Hồng, deputy minister of Information and Communications.
Designed by painter Trần Thế Vinh, measured 31 by 46mm, the stamp feature images of a pigeon in the background for a group of revolutionary soldiers in fighting postures.
Priced at VNĐ3,000 (US1.3 cents), the stamp is available around the country until December 31, 2019. — VNS