The unexpected success of a - Communist spring offensive has accomplished in a few short weeks most of what 50,000 American lives and $170 billion sought to stave off for ten years. South Vietnam's second largest city - Da Nang - has fallen to the North Vietnamese. With the loss of its last bastion in the north, the Saigon government gave up over 100,000 soldiers and an estimated $2 billion in equipment. One official termed the loss of the city, "the single biggest defeat for South Vietnam in the past twenty years.
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