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Battle of Hue

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Battle of Hue
Known as one of the bloodiest battles in the Vietnam conflict, the Battle of Hue was part of the TET Offensive of 1968. Hue was taken over by North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces, and the US military fought to regain it in a grueling street-by-street battle, in which by increments the well-fortified citadel of the city was recaptured. Thousands of civilians were rounded up and executed, before being buried in mass graves, and the onslaught was indiscriminate. The five-day battle, fought 'inch by shattered inch,' bombarded an estimated eighty percent of the city's structures. As Marine Captain Myron Harrington asked, 'Did we have to destroy the city in order to save it?'moreless

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