Battle: The Tet Offensive, 1969
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The change in emphasis away from big battles in favor of pacification, begun during the Accelerated Pacification Campaign as an ad hoc response to the battlefield situation, became enshrined as official policy in early 1969. There were several reasons for this turn of events. Although the effort in 1969 did not reach the proportions of the Tet Offensive, it was, nevertheless, very sizable. The Party did not promise imminent victory, as it had with Tet. The course of debate and deliberation inside the Party leadership during this period is particularly obscure. A primary goal of the pacification offensive was the separation of Front military units from the populated areas where they could receive support. Perhaps it would be more accurate to describe 1969 as the worst year for the Front because, regardless of the outward manifestations of progress, the GVN again failed to win the freely given support of the rural population in Hau Nghia province.