• Short Summary

    THE BITTER WAR IN SOUTH VIETNAM GOES ON -- INTENSIFIED IN RECENT WEEKS BY UNCERTAINTY WITHIN THE SAIGON GOVERNMENT.

  • Description

    THE BITTER WAR IN SOUTH VIETNAM GOES ON -- INTENSIFIED IN RECENT WEEKS BY UNCERTAINTY WITHIN THE SAIGON GOVERNMENT. ON WEDNESDAY, SONE HOURS BEFORE DAWN A BATTALION OF VIETCONG ATTACKED THE LUONG PHU MILITARY OUTPOST IN KIEN HOA PROVINCE -- ABOUT FORTY-THREE MILES SOUTH OF THE CAPITAL. IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT THE ATTACKERS NUMBERED ABOUT FIVE HUNDRED, WHILE ABOUT FIFTY CIVIL GUARDSMEN DEFENDED THE POST.

    AT DAWN MANY OF THE ATTACKERS FLED, LEAVING ABOUT FORTY BODIES AROUND THE POST. LOSSES ON THE GOVERNMENT SIDE WERE NOT REPORTED, BUT WERE BELIEVED TO BE SMALL.

    A LARGE NUMBER OF ARMS, AMONG THEM A LIGHT MACHINE GUN, TWO RUSSIAN RIFLES, AND SEVEN SUBMACHINE GUNS AS WELL AS AMMUNITION AND PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS, WERE SEIZED.

    IN THE MORNING THE AMERICAN ADVISER TO THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE SEVENTH DIVISION, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL MAHR INSPECTED THE DAMAGE. ABOUT EIGHTY PER CENT OF THE POST'S DEFENCE SYSTEM WAS DESTROYED IN THE VIETCONG ATTACK.

    INTERMITTENT SHOOTING CONTINUED FOR SOME HOURS AFTER DAYBREAK WITH GOVERNMENT FORCES USING ARTILLERY TO WIPE OUT ISOLATED POCKETS OF RESISTANCE.

    LAST WEEK--WHICH SAW AN ABORTIVE COUP IN THE CAPITAL -- MARKED A NEW HIGH IN THE NUMBER OF INCIDENTS INVOLVING VIETCONG AND GOVERNMENT FORCES. NINE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FIVE INSTANCES WERE REPORTED, COMPARED WITH FIVE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY THE PREVIOUS WEEK. THIS IS SIMILAR TO THE PATTERN OF THE WAR AT THE TIME OF THE COUP WHICH TOPPLED THE DIEM REGIME. IN HUMAN LOSSES THE GOVERNMENT LAST WEEK LOST FEWER THAN THE VIETCONG (235 COMPARED WITH 270 CONFIRMED DEATHS ON THE VIETCONG SIDE), BUT GOVERNMENT FORCES LOST MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED WEAPONS COMPARED WITH ONLY EIGHTY LOST BY THE VIETCONG.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA28AIU58PN5NJ27WYT8NE7803Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA28AIU58PN5NJ27WYT8NE7803Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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