North Vietnamese forces operating in the offensive on South Vietnam have attempted to cut the route from Saigon, the capital, to provincial towns.
North Vietnamese forces operating in the offensive on South Vietnam have attempted to cut the route from Saigon, the capital, to provincial towns. Tactics include shelling or rocketing a village, occupying it briefly and razing it to the ground before leaving the villagers without food, crops or shelter -- then moving on to another front in the rapidly-moving war.
One such village to suffer from tactics like this was Trung Hoa, in the Cu Chi district about twenty-two miles (35 kilometres) from Saigon. It was attacked and briefly occupied a few days ago -- and when the communist forces left on Tuesday (April 25) after a day and a half, the village was in ruins. south Vietnamese forces set after the North Vietnamese as they left -- but thick jungle in the area restricted military operations to an artillery barrage and a search patrol.