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The Siege at Hue

George W. Smith
The Siege at Hue
ISBN: 978-1-55587-847-4
1999/198 pages/LC: 99-11843
"Military history buffs will have a heyday with this account of the longest continuous battle in the Vietnam War.... Smith, who was stationed in Hue during the battle, provides an intensely realistic description of the horror of warfare and hand-to-hand combat."—Today's Librarian

"A riveting, first-person account of the pivotal 25-day 1968 Battle of Hue."—The VVA Veteran

"A intensely realistic description of the horror of warfare and hand-to-hand combat."—Today's Librarian

"Smith has put together a harrowing eyewitness account of the largest single engagement of the Vietnam War.... [It is] a disturbing and informative book that would be a welcome addition to any military library."—Chris Patsilelis, The Hartford Courant

"Smith provides a sense of intimate knowledge as he outlines the desperate nature of the urban combat. His inclusion of South Vietnamese units and the description of the role played stands out in the reporting of the war."—Library Journal

"One of the best Vietnam War books I've read. This is the first time an author has taken me inside Hue during the Tet offensive and allowed me to see and feel what it was like during the long siege. The Siege at Hue is a tribute to all the warriors—American and South Vietnamese—who beat back the North Vietnamese Army."—James P. Duffy


This well-documented narrative by former U.S. Army Captain George W. Smith is the most complete account to date of the longest continuous battle of the Vietnam War.

Charged with monitoring the huge civilian press corps that descended on Hue during the Tet offensive, Captain Smith, an information adviser to South Vietnam’s 1st Infantry Division, was an eyewitness to the twenty-five day struggle. He recounts the separate, poorly coordinated wars that were fought in the retaking of the city, documenting the little-known contributions of the brave South Vietnamese forces who prevented the Citadel portion of Hue from being overrun, and who then assisted the U.S. Marine Corps in evicting the North Vietnamese Army. He also tells of the social and political upheaval in the city, reporting the execution of nearly 3,000 civilians by the NVA and the Vietcong.

The tenacity of the NVA forces in Hue earned the respect of the allied troops on the field and triggered a sequence of attitudinal changes in the United States. It was those changes, Smith suggests, that eventually led to the U.S.’s abandonment of the war.


George W. Smith, a former sportswriter at the Hartford Courant, now writes for the Associated Press.


  • Next Stop Vietnam.
  • The Lotus Flower.
  • Staying Alive.
  • To the Rescue.
  • Help for the Citadel.
  • Facing the Unknown.
  • Total War.
  • The Tide Turns.
  • Live, From Hue.
  • The Citadel.
  • A Jump Start.
  • Beginning of the End.
  • Credit the ARVN.
  • The Aftermath.