In anticipation of possible offensive operations by the North Vietnamese forces, South Vietnamese Rangers and Airmobile units have been operating sweeps out of Kontum City and into the Central Highlands.
In anticipation of possible offensive operations by the North Vietnamese forces, South Vietnamese Rangers and Airmobile units have been operating sweeps out of Kontum City and into the Central Highlands. Many South Vietnamese troops in the area are glad of the extra support provided by the elite Ranger units because for them, the fear of a North Vietnamese attack is still very strong -- particularly in view of the passing of Tet without any significant increase in communist operations. These operations were filmed last weekend near Kontum City.
SYNOPSIS: Last weekend, these South Vietnamese Rangers took part in another of the many and routine sweeps in the Central Highland area around Kontum City.
The South Vietnamese forces in the area are glad of the extra support provided by the Rangers because they are warring about a possible North Vietnamese offensive.
Tet passed relatively quietly -- but the South Vietnamese are still expecting some increase in communist activity.
As with most airmobile operations, helicopters play a big part in the Rangers' sweep operations.
The troops are based in Kontum City and can be brought into action almost immediately.
The Rangers are mostly Montagnard troops and they're responsible for defending all the border base camps. Because of this, they're always conducting search and sweep missions -- such as this one last weekend.
Many of these troops, backed up by the helicopter support, are relatively new additions to the area. They were brought in by the South Vietnam commanders to counteract the attack they fear may come. Additional units of the South Vietnamese Special Forces have also been added to local troop strength. The elite soldiers were brought in from Saigon and it's expected they'll remain there until mid-March in case the communists begin an offensive.