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March 31, 1975

LETTER FROM LE DUAN TO CUONG [PHAM HUNG], SAU [LE DUC THO] AND TUAN [GENERAL VAN TIEN DUNG]

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    Letter from Le Duan with guidance on communications and plans of attack in Saigon.
    "Letter from Le Duan to Cuong [Pham Hung], Sau [Le Duc Tho] and Tuan [General Van Tien Dung]," March 31, 1975, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Le Duan, Thu Vao Nam [Letters to the South] (Hanoi: So That, 1985), 384. Translated by Merle Pribbenow. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/176052
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To: Cuong [Pham Hung], Sau [Le Duc Tho] and Tuan [General Van Tien Dung]

The situation is changing very rapidly and we need to make maximum use of the time available by acting with great urgency. For that reason, Tuan should go down to see Bay Cuong [Pham Cuong] at COSVN right away to begin immediate discussions about a plan to attack and capture Saigon. Sau will go down there as well to meet with them. Bay Cuong [Pham Hung] and Tu Nguyen [Tran Van Tra] should cancel their planned trip up to the Highlands [for a meeting].

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Ba [Le Duan]

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GỬI ANH BẢY CƯỜNG, ANH SÁU, ANH TUẤN

11 giờ ngày 31 tháng 3 năm 1975

Tình hình biển chuyển nhanh, cần tranh thủ thời gian, hành động khẩn trương. Vì vậy, anh Tuấn nên vào sớm gặp anh Bảy Cường ở Trung ương Cục để bàn ngay kế hoạch đánh chiếm Sài Gòn. Anh Sáu sẽ vào luôn trong đó họp. Anh Bảy Cường và anh Tư Nguyễn không ra Tây Nguyên nữa.

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