HUE, Vietnam -- Communist veterans of Vietnam's 1968 Tet Offensive are marking the anniversary of the audacious attacks that turned the tide of the war.
They include women from an 11-member Perfume River Squad whose work was crucial to paving the way for an attack on the city of Hue, where the fighting against the South Vietnamese and their U.S. allies raged for a month.
Hoang Thi No says, "Once we had a strong ideology, we could do anything." She and her comrades were part of a mobilization of as many as 80,000 fighters who launched simultaneous attacks on more than 100 cities, towns and U.S. military bases.
Militarily it was a failure, but the offensive marked a turning point in the war because it punctured American hopes of certain and swift victory.