South Vietnamese Government forces on Monday (26 August) drove back a two-pronged Communist attack on Highway 22, between Tay Ninh and Go Dau Ha.
GV and SV Troops advancing through field and along road (4 shots)
GV and MV APCs and tanks moving into position as troops watch (5 shots)
GV and SV Tank firing as troops look on(3 shots)
GV Machine gun firing
GV Soldier standing on tank, firing
GV Tank machine-gunning
GVs and MVs Wounded being carried across field, with covering fire from troops(4 shots)
GV PAN Two tanks firing
MV Wounded being evacuated
SV PAN Wounded soldier on stretcher
BACK VIEW Wounded soldier being assisted
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Background: South Vietnamese Government forces on Monday (26 August) drove back a two-pronged Communist attack on Highway 22, between Tay Ninh and Go Dau Ha. The area in question is close to the Khmer border, to the north-west of the South Vietnamese capital, Saigon.
The Saigon command said 18 Communist troops were killed south-west and south-east of Tay Nihn, the provincial capital. Government casualties were put at seven dead and 15 wounded.
Earlier this month, three Government outposts in the area were overrun by Communist forces.
Highway 22 itself is a vital supply line leading north from the capital. More than 200,000 people and a large military base near Tay Nihn depend on the route for virtually all their supplies.
The Communist assault on the highway was intensified about a week ago - coinciding with the 29th anniversary of the Vietnamese revolt against the French, which led to the first Vietnamese war.