Nguyễn Chí Thanh

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Nguyễn Chí Thanh
Nickname(s) Revolutionary alias, Xuan; Pen name, Truong Son
Born (1914-01-01)1 January 1914
Annam, French Indochina
Died 7 June 1967(1967-06-07) (aged 53)
Hanoi, Vietnam
Allegiance Flag of Vietnam.svg Democratic Republic of Vietnam
Service/branch Flag of the People's Army of Vietnam.svg People's Army of Vietnam
Rank Vietnam People's Army General.jpg Army General
Commands held COSVN
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Vietnam Gold Star ribbon.png Gold Star Order
Vietnam Hochiminh Order ribbon.png Ho Chi Minh Order
Resolution for Victory Order

General Nguyễn Chí Thanh (1 January 1914 - 6 July 1967) [1][2] was a North Vietnamese officer who was born in Thừa Thiên Province in Central Vietnam to a peasant family. His original name was Nguyễn Văn Vịnh. He joined the Indochinese Communist Party in the mid-1930s and apparently spent most of the Second World War in a French prison. He worked for the Party in Central Vietnam until his rise to the Politburo in 1951. During the First Indochina War Thanh was made a general of the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN). From 1965 until his death he served as the leading strategist and military commander of COSVN, the southern headquarters of communist military and political operations within the Republic of Vietnam. In late 1967, he presented plans for what was to become the Tet Offensive to the Politburo, but died of a heart attack shortly after receiving permission to implement his plan.


  1. ^ Lien-Hang T. Nguyen, Hanoi's War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam (University of North Carolina Press, 2012) p88
  2. ^ James J. Wirtz, The Tet Offensive: Intelligence Failure in War (Cornell University Press, 2017) p62

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