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February 20, 1968
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Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C00011752 TEXT OF CIA REPORT E Tuesday, Fe truary 20,.1968 1.3(o..) 644) SUBJECT: General Gia.pts Strategy for the Communist General Offensive The following information was received from interrogation of a Viet Co-rig prisoner 7 (0-> Summary -- Plans for the VC Tet attack on Danang City were outlined to a group of select cadres on 22 January[ 3 Although the VC realized they would be outnumbered ana would be wiped out if they attempted to stay in the city, they felt they had to make the attack to carry out their part of the overall plan for the general offensive. The strategy for the offensive was devised by General Vo Nguyen Giap and approvec:..-: by the Hanoi Cabinet. The USSR later also approved the plan and speeded up delivery of arms and armor so that the "VC/NVA would be prepared before Octolper 1967. Giap's strategy entailed two phases and, since Phase 1 failed, Phase 2 (Plan No. 2) will now be placed in effect. The big action will occur in the western highlands and Krie Sanh. Giap's plan is to force the GVN to sue for peace -under Hanoi's conditions. -- End Summary ]on 22 January 1968,c 3 convened a meetirigr l. s(0)(40 3 Present were high-ranking cadres in touch withunderground elements in Danang City; these cadres had. been selected. to infiltrate Danang with the task of the masses and penetration agents to support the Communist troops' general offensive to seize power. Icon-I/Tient: This was called the "76- day plan.") During the meeting, r_ jmade the following disclosures and assignments in connection with the planned attack on Danang : A. Senior Colonel Vo Thu, would be in overall command, while his -deputy, Senior Captain Hien, would be in charge of special action. Political officer Lieutenant Colonel Duc would serve as Chief of-Staff and Captain Pham Duy Dai, � member of Special Zone Headquarters, as -officer Lri charge of military affairs and sappers. pproved for Release: 2019/04/17 C00011752 ---:Approvea412.2. Date rl 3 Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C00011752 3. For the pur?ose of the attack, Danang would be divided into three rational districts, each headed by a District Committee member. Secretary Hung was placed in chz.--Lrg-e of District 2 (Danang center), which had the key of. I:al:L.1g over the Government of Vietnam administrative installations. Thus, :1...J.1:riot 2 VC cadres would automatically constitute the Danang City provisional :.�..ecutive committee, with San Hung a5 Mayor, once the GVN administration had - 2- 1. SCa.X