President Nguyen Van Thieu has warned troops in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam that the Communists have taken the first step towards a new offensive.
President Nguyen Van Thieu has warned troops in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam that the Communists have taken the first step towards a new offensive. The President was in Pleiku on October I to review one of the largest military parades held in the highlands recently.
He declared that the Communist attack on Le Minh nearly two weeks ago was the first step towards a new offensive that would be launched in 1974. To prevent supplies reaching the Communists, President Thieu called for a sustained blockade of their supply routes.
After his speech, the President gave medals and citations to men of the Ranger Divisions. An estimated 200 Rangers were killed in the attack on Le Mihn camp.
SYNOPSIS: South Vietnam's President Nguyen Van Thieu arrives to review his troops in the Central Highlands city of Pleiku last week. A fortnight earlier, one of the worst violations of the Vietnam ceasefire erupted a few miles from here, when two-hundred Rangers were killed during a Communist attack on the camp at Le Minh.
In his speech, President Thieu warned his troops that the Le Minh attack was the first step towards a new Communist offensive, which he predicted would be launched early next year. He awarded medals and unit citations to men of the Ranger divisions. And he warned all soldiers that they must set up an economic blockade of Communist controlled areas, to prevent supplies getting through to support a sustained offensive.
The President's visit, timed for the sixteenth anniversary of the founding of the Second Military Corps in South Vietnam, was marked by one of the biggest Central Highlands parades in recent times.