For this week primary sources in the form of newspaper articles offered new information, coming from The New York Times, and The Times from London. The Times article, printed in February of 1968, offered specific information concerning the battle of Hue and included quotations from an interview with Don McCullin. The reason this article offers such a punch centers on the fact that it does not paint the Vietnam War in a positive way. It tells of the stresses the soldiers face and the pure desperation of many just to come home. Emery refers to it McCullin’s opinion directly, “The Marines’ morale seemed very, very low. They could see the tremendous casualties day in and day out and they couldn’t see much reward for it,” (The Times). Don McCullin always argued that the Vietnam War negatively affected the soldiers. Specifically McCullin says, “I have seen a load of boys of 18 grow into tired-looking men,” (The Times). For his responses McCullin always refers to the morale of the soldiers there, for him, seeing the Battle of Hue permanently changed his and the soldiers outlook on life.
The next article refers to the rest of the world’s reaction to the Vietnam War and American involvement. This article was published a few weeks before the abovementioned article, but also after the Tet Offensive. The photographs and the videos of the war showed a level of violence that the international community responded to rather negatively. For them this was further proof that the Americans were not actually winning the war but instead could not even control the borders of South Vietnam against insurgency. Even the British Observer could not offer much support any longer for the war. It stated, “Short of destroying most of Vietnam and its people, Washington cannot win,” (The New York Times). Across Europe, the various countries all had a level of disappointment in the continuation of the war, especially those countries that never wanted American involvement in Vietnam. President DeGaulle a longtime supporter of neutralization could not understand why American involvement had yet to end, but officially offered no comment. These articles offer a better understanding of both Don McCullin’s immediate response to Vietnam as well as offering the opinions of the international community following the Tet Offensive.
Emery, Fred. “How Hue Made Men of Boys.” The Times, February 23, 1968.
Lewis, Anthony. “Pictures of war Arouse Revulsion.” The New York Times, February 5, 1968.