Military sources in Saigon claimed on Wednesday (28 July) that South Vietnamese forces have penetrated to the heart of Quang Tri City, gaining a foothold int he central citadel.
AV & GV North Vietnamese tanks into action in Quang Tri area (4 shots)
GV North Vietnamese guns and rockets firing (3 shots)
GV North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun firing and rockets (4 shots)
SV Tank crashing through sand-bag barrier (2 shots)
GV Tanks moving across country
GV Gun flashes at night and tank moving up under fire (3 shots)
GV 56th Rgt. ARVN apparently surrendering and shaking hands with N. Vietnamese soldiers (4 shots)
SV N. vietnamese uniforms handed to captured S. Vietnamese soldiers (4 shots)
SV Lt.Col. Phan Van Dinh points to man in briefing for troops (3 shots)
SV & GV Former 55th Regt. ARVN troops leave camp in N. Vietnamese uniforms (unarmed)
GV S. Vietnamese airborne troops crossing field near Quang Tri (2 shots)
GV South Vietnamese tank moves up road during air attack (2 shots)
SV Soldier runs across road and is shot and falls
SV Tank up road past wrecked buildings (2 shots)
GV Troops enter city during airstrike
LV Bomb exploding and smoke rising
CU Flag and sign post
GV Wreckage with U.S. Compound tower in background (3 shots)
SV PAN FROM Wrecked vehicles to troops marching along road (one wounded)
GV Wrecked city.
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Background: Military sources in Saigon claimed on Wednesday (28 July) that South Vietnamese forces have penetrated to the heart of Quang Tri City, gaining a foothold int he central citadel. Reporters have not been allowed to contact the forces in the citadel, and government troops shot at one correspondent who tried to reach the area. The sources said that reports of continued fighting within the citadel did not suggest that the North Vietnamese forces were putting up anything more than a rearguard delaying action--??? added that the main Communist force had pulled out across the Han River, on the Western edge of the city.
The Quang Tri battlefront has become a major focus in the Indo-China war since President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam promised in mid-June that Quang Tri would be retaken within three months. The capture of the city--the last provincial capital still in Communist hand??? ??? become a major teat of credibility of the Vietname??? ???. The success--of otherwise--of the South Vietname?? venture, could guide to a large extent not only President Th???'s political future, but also the morale of the Saigon forces.
This film opens with official North Vietnamese coverage showing the surrender of South Vietnamese troops on April 2nd, soon after the Communist offensive swept down from the demilitarised zone through the Province to the City of Quang Tri. The captured forces are described as the entire 56th Infantry Regiment of South Vietnam. Official North Vietnamese Agency reports claimed the same day that the 56th Regiment, among others, had been 'put out of action', and the 3rd Battalion captured together with its commanding officer.
The second part of this coverage, in colour and with natural sound, was filmed recently by VISNEWS cameramen Nail Oavis and Yoseo Lee, and shows fighting inside Quang Tri City.