Highway One was in theory the gateway for the attack on Saigon which really never materialised owing to the early surrender of the Government in the face of the American pullout and refusal for more military aid.
- GV PAN Vehicles along road PAN Down to broken bridge
- Different shots traffic along highway past wrecked truck
- More shots people boarding trucks and buses to return to Central Highlands and villages outside of Saigon
- People selling goods and waiting for transport
- More shots damage along highway One
- In Saigon, different shots and close shots PRG soldiers looking at, and buying radios and wrist-watches on black market. This right through until end and may make a separate story as I was stopped filming before could continue.
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Background: Highway One was in theory the gateway for the attack on Saigon which really never materialised owing to the early surrender of the Government in the face of the American pullout and refusal for more military aid. The then-President, General "Big" Minh surrendered to avoid unnecessary bloodshed but it was along Highway One. leading from Saigon to the now-famous prov. capital of Xuan Loc, where most of the PRG armour was concentrated. On the day before the American evacuation (which took place on the 28th the and 29th) there were heavy attacks along this road, particularly around Hung Loc and Trang Boom (see earlier stories on this road for details, particularly refugee convoy shelled shot day before evacuation). Following the surrender, people were allowed almost immediately to return to the towns they had fled following Thieu's surrender of the northern and coastal provinces. The road itself suffered little damage, apart from the demolition of a bridge near Bien Hoa which was destroyed by retreating ARVN troops. The road itself is still littered with trucks and tanks from both sides, particularly around Bien Hoa. Second part of roll two, which may be separate story, shows PRG soldiers shopping in Black Market for watches and radios - most of these flooded onto the market from profiteers and hoarders and selling for next to nothing. The PRG were officially allowed to buy them and were paying the same prices as anyone else. Most popular items in demand for them were wrist-watches which apparently unavailable in Hanoi. Tried to change rolls to shoot more and was stopped by commanders objecting to filming their men buying. Reuters will certainly have more on this as round-up what's happening in Sgn.