• Short Summary

    BEN HAI RIVER, AT THE 17TH PARALLEL IS THE MILITARY DEMARCATION LINE BETWEEN SOUTH AND NORTH VIETNAMS.

  • Description

    1.
    LS. RIVER, BORDER OF N. & S. VIETNAMS WITH N. VIETNAM IN BACKGROUND.
    4 ft

    2.
    LS. S. VIETNAM FLAG TILT TO END OF ROAD AT BRIDGE.
    10 ft

    3.
    MLS. S. VIETNAM SENTRY TILT TO BANNER "NO UNIFICATION WITHOUT NGO DINH DIEM".
    13 1/2 ft

    4.
    MS. SENTRIES.
    15 1/2 ft

    5.
    CU. SENTRY.
    17 ft

    6.
    LS. (PAN) RIVER TO BRIDGE.
    25 ft

    7.
    MLS. NORTH VIETNAM SIDE OF BRIDGE.
    27 ft

    8.
    MLS. N. VIETNAM FLAG.
    28 1/2 ft

    9.
    MS. CENTRE OF BRIDGE.
    30 1/2 ft

    10.
    LS N. VIETNAM SIDE BANNER "PEACE FOR EVER: NO POWER CAN HOLD UP VIETNAM UNIFICATION".
    34 1/2 ft

    11.
    LS. N. VIETNAM SIDE FOR S. VIETNAM.
    36 ft

    12.
    MLS. MUDDY ROAD AT LAO BORDER.
    40 ft

    13.
    LS. S. VIETNAM ARMY CAMP NEAR BORDER.
    42 1/2 ft

    14.
    LS. CLEARING AT AIRSTRIP.
    44 ft

    15.
    LS. AIRFIELD.
    46 ft

    16.
    MS. SENTRY PORT. (2 shots)
    50 1/2 ft

    17.
    MS. SENTRY AT ROAD.
    52 1/2 ft

    18.
    MS. MILE-STONE (2 shots)
    56 ft

    19.
    MLS. SENTRY AT BORDER: S. VIETNAM SIDE.
    59 ft

    20.
    LS. SENTRY.
    61 ft



    Initials VTS/S/MK/GAP/LB



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: BEN HAI RIVER, AT THE 17TH PARALLEL IS THE MILITARY DEMARCATION LINE BETWEEN SOUTH AND NORTH VIETNAMS.

    ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE RIVER IS NORTH VIETNAM.

    THE SOUTH VIETNAM SIDE WHICH IS WELL FORTIFIED HAS A FEW SLOGANS ONE OF WHICH READS "NO UNIFICATION WITHOUT NGO DINH DIEM." THE SENTRIES KEEP A GOOD WATCH.

    THE BRIDGE ACROSS THE RIVER IS EMPTY THOUGH PATROL BOATS OF BOTH SIDES ARE ACTIVE ON THE RIVER. HALF OF THE BRIDGE BELONGS TO SOUTH VIETNAM AND THE OTHER TO NORTH VIETNAM. THE NORTH VIETNAMESE HAVE PAINTED THEIR SECTION OF THE BRIDGE RED, AND THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE CHOSE GREEN COLOUR FOR THEIR SECTION. THE CENTRE OF THE BRIDGE HAS ALSO A FEW SENTRIES. THE NORTH VIETNAM SIDE CARRIES ITS OWN PROPAGANDA. SIGNS READ "WORLD PEACE FOR EVER." "NO POWER CAN HOLD UP UNIFICATION OF VIETNAM", AND "ALL VIETNAMESE FIGHT AMERICANS AND DIEM."
    THIS DEMARCATION LINE WHICH GENEVA AGREEMENT, EXPECTED TO BE ONLY TEMPORARY HAS NOW BECOME A VITAL AND ALMOST PERMANENT FRONTIER FOR SOUTH VIETNAM. IT IS ALSO A DANGER ZONE.

    SOUTH VIETNAM HAS ANOTHER VULNERABLE FRONTIER IN THE NORTH. IT IS WITH SOUTHERN LAOS. THE COMMUNICATIONS IN THIS AREA IS POOR. THE ONLY MAJOR ROAD FROM SOUTHERN VIETNAM TO SOUTHERN LAOS IS NEAR THIS BORDER... FROM DONG HA TO SAVANNAKHET. THE BORDER HAS ALSO ITS SOUTH VIETNAMESE ARMY POST. BUT THE BORDER IS MOSTLY JUNGLES AND HILLS AND S. VIETNAM HAS MADE MANY COMPLAINTS THAT VIET CONGS ARE USING SOUTHERN LAOS FOR THEIR GUERILLA OPERATIONS AGAINST SOUTH VIETNAM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA19GOMEL1Z0PZBB38KM9AMZFUZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA19GOMEL1Z0PZBB38KM9AMZFUZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/10/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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