• Short Summary

    THE LATEST UPHEAVAL IN SOUTH VIETNAM'S POLITICAL LIFE WITH SUNDAY'S VIRTUAL COUP BY YOUNG ARMY OFFICERS MAY HAVE CREATED FRESH FEARS OF INSTABILITY IN SAIGON, BUT IT IS UNLIKELY TO CHANGE THE COMPLEXION OF THE WAR AGAINST THE VIET CONG FOR THE TIME BEING.

  • Description

    THE LATEST UPHEAVAL IN SOUTH VIETNAM'S POLITICAL LIFE WITH SUNDAY'S VIRTUAL COUP BY YOUNG ARMY OFFICERS MAY HAVE CREATED FRESH FEARS OF INSTABILITY IN SAIGON, BUT IT IS UNLIKELY TO CHANGE THE COMPLEXION OF THE WAR AGAINST THE VIET CONG FOR THE TIME BEING. IT IS STILL A HIDE AND SEEK STRUGGLE.

    IN RECENT WEEKS, SOUTH VIETNAMESE FORCES HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN HEAVY ACTIONS WITH THE VIET CONG, WHO HAVE LAUNCHED ATTACKS IN BATTALION STRENGTH ON GOVERNMENT POSITIONS. RETALIATION HAS BEEN SWIFT, BUT IT'S NOT ALWAYS BEEN AS EFFECTIVE AS DESIRED.

    ONE SUCH GOVERNMENT ACTION TOOK PLACE LAST WEEK (DECEMBER 17) AROUND THE HAMLET OF PHOUE TUY, WHERE A GOVERNMENT BATTALION HAD BEEN AMBUSHED THE DAY BEFORE. FIGHTERS SPOTTED WHAT THEY BELIEVED TO BE VIET CONG HIDEOUTS, AND SWOOPED INTO THE ATTACK WITH MACHINE GUNS AND FIRE BOMBS.

    THE PLUMES OF SMOKE AND FLAME WERE DESIGNED TO GIVE GROUNDS FORCES BETTER TARGETS TO FIRE AT, WHILE THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED TO OPERATE IN CLOSE SUPPORT WITH THEIR GUNS.

    THE COMBINED EFFORT DISLODGED THE VIET CONG FROM THEIR POSITIONS IN THE VILLAGE AND ON THE NEARBY MOUNTAIN, BUT ACCORDING TO MILITARY OBSERVERS ON THE GROUND IT APPEARED THAT THE OFFENSIVE ACTION DIDN'T PRODUCE THE REQUIRED RESULT -- THE VIET CONG UNIT REPORTEDLY WITHDREW IN GOOD ORDER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2OI77O83PM7QEO0HUQQXI2SWV
    Media URN:
    VLVA2OI77O83PM7QEO0HUQQXI2SWV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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