• Short Summary

    TWO BRITISH PARATROOPERS WERE KILLED AND 10 WOUNDED YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) DURING 12 HOURS OF FIGHTING WITH ADEN REBELS.

  • Description

    TWO BRITISH PARATROOPERS WERE KILLED AND 10 WOUNDED YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) DURING 12 HOURS OF FIGHTING WITH ADEN REBELS. AT LEAST SIX OF THE REBELS WERE REPORTED KILLED.

    THE OPERATION INVOLVED 2,000 BRITISH TROOPS ON A FULL-SCALE OFFENSIVE AGAINST TRIBESMEN IN THE RADFAN MOUNTAINS. THE BRITISH TROOPS, SPLIT INTO SEPARATE PARTIES, SET OUT TO TAKE TWO PEAKS: "CAP BADGE" AND "GIN SLING", IN AN EFFORT TO DRIVE OUT REBEL TRIBESMEN WHO HAVE RECENTLY INCREASED MINING AND AMBUSH OFFENSIVES ON THE VITAL ADEN TO DHALA SUPPLY ROAD.

    MUCH OF THE FIGHTING TOOK PLACE DURING THE NIGHT AFTER PARATROOPERS, WHO HAD MARCHED THROUGH THE NIGHT IN A MOVEMENT DESIGNED TO ENCIRCLE THE REBELS, WERE FIRED ON FROM A MUD VILLAGE BELOW OUR CAMERAMAN'S POSITION ON THE 5,000 FOOT (1524 METRE) HIGH COCA COLA RIDGE.

    WHILE AN ARTILLERY FORCE FIRED A DIVERSIONARY ATTACK THE PARATROOPERS CHARGED THE VILLAGE, OCCUPIED IT, AND THEN CAME UNDER HEAVY FIRE FROM REBEL SNIPERS IN THE SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS. THEY WERE PINNED DOWN MOST OF THE DAY UNTIL MARINE COMMANDOS CAME DOWN THE MOUNTAIN TO THEIR ASSISTANCE IN THE LATE AFTERNOON.

    WITH THE PARATROOPS CAME VITAL SUPPLIES, WHICH PRESENT GREAT DIFFICULTIES IN THIS TERRAIN. EACH MAN IS RATIONED TO TWO GALLONS OF WATER A DAY AND DAY-TIME TEMPERATURES ARE 110 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT 943 DEGREES CENTIGRADE.)
    EVENTUALLY BEVERLEY HELICOPTERS OF BRITAIN'S ROYAL AIR FORCE WERE ABLE TO EVACUATE THE DEAD AND WOUNDED. BEFORE BEING TRANSFERRED TO ADEN, THEY WERE BROUGHT BACK TO THE OPERATION HEADQUARTERS AT THUMEIR, 50 MILES (80 KILOMETRES) NORTH OF ADEN.

    LAST NIGHT THE OPERATIONAL COMMANDER SAID THE BRITISH TROOPS WERE SECURELY IN POSITION. THEY WERE BEING SUPPLIED BY HELICOPTERS.

    TODAY THE BRITISH MIDDLE EAST COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF SAID THAT WHILE BRITISH TROOPS HAD ACHIEVED THEIR IMMEDIATE AIM, THE "MILITARY THREAT" HAD NOT BEEN ELIMINATED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2FXGAD6UGZ90995ZJY73Z1L78
    Media URN:
    VLVA2FXGAD6UGZ90995ZJY73Z1L78
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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