Lead: At the end of January 1968, Viet Cong and NVA regular forces launched powerful attacks against South Vietnam’s cities. For the allies the Tet offensive was at once a great victory and a great defeat. 

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: Almost from the moment of partition of Vietnam in 1954 and the departure of the colonial French, the communist regime in the North began organizing the second Vietnam War. North Vietnam established a network of political and military operatives in the south known as the Viet Cong. This organization  recruited indigenous sympathizers and conducted low level partisan guerilla warfare aimed at destabilizing the government of South Vietnam and the work of the south’s principal ally the United States.