American GI's relaxed in Saigon on Thursday (31 December) during a 24-hour New Year's Eve truce.
American GI's relaxed in Saigon on Thursday (31 December) during a 24-hour New Year's Eve truce. But normal guard duties were observed. The truce applied only in South Vietnam.
The 24-hour half of offensive operations by United States and South Vietnamese forces coincided with the first day of a three-day Viet Cong holiday truce. The cease-fire followed last week's Christmas truce which was one of the quietest on record.
But after only 12 hours of the cease-fire, the U.S. and South Vietnamese military commands had reported 17 incidents. Military spokesmen said seven Americans had been wounded and five South Vietnamese killed in what they regarded as Viet Cong violations of the cease-fire.
The Viet Cong have already announced a four-day truce over the Tet Lunar new year period from January 26 to 30 and the Saigon government is also likely to announce a truce at that time.