President Nguyen van Thieu of South Vietnam visited his troops in the beleaguered city of Hue on Thursday (May 4) as the ancient imperial capital awaited a North Vietnamese onslaught.
CU ZOOM OUT U.S. military machinery PAN TO Hue city gates
CU ZOOM OUT Ammunition and supplies crates inside city walls
MV President Thieu walks through Hue streets talking to soldiers: and away in vehicle (3 shots)
MV Vehicles being prepared for travel (2 shots) (SILENT)
MV South Vietnamese military police search for deserters (2 shots)
SVs U.S. Military advisors at helicopter base in Hue (2 shots) (SILENT)
SV South Vietnamese flag lowered to sound of trumpets.
MV South Vietnamese troops march through Hue streets
SV ZOOM IN TO CU INTERIOR Sign on office well "It's always a good day in Hue". (SILENT)
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Background: President Nguyen van Thieu of South Vietnam visited his troops in the beleaguered city of Hue on Thursday (May 4) as the ancient imperial capital awaited a North Vietnamese onslaught. He wouldn't talk to newsmen there, but reports from Hue said all law and order and social services had broken down with a vast influx of civil refugees and South Vietnamese deserters retreating from fighting to the north. The citizens of Hue, meanwhile, were retreating south--leaving their homes to the newly-arrived refugees and soldiers.
As this film was shot in the streets of Hue, North Vietnamese artillery and infantry was advancing on the city-onc??? cultural centre of all Vietnam-and oporadic clashes had taken pla??? less then 25 miles (40 ???) to the north. Quant Tri, meanwhile, had fallen, and K??? surrounded and besieged. Many of the troops in Hue were from Quang --either deserters of troops in retreat.
Saigon, though, appeared militarily unaffected by the fighting, although civil servants there had been armed and placed on night duty.
This film, shot on Thursday and received in London on Friday (5 May) by satellite via Hong Kong, shows activity in Hue as the expected invasion was awaited.