• Short Summary

    Fighting continued in Saigon suburbs on Thursday (February 8) on the 11th day of the Viet Cong-North Vietnamese offensive in South Viet Nam.

  • Description

    Fighting continued in Saigon suburbs on Thursday (February 8) on the 11th day of the Viet Cong-North Vietnamese offensive in South Viet Nam.

    South Vietnamese planes bombed Viet Cong positions in the city and suburbs near Tan Son Nhut Airport and Cholon, the Chinese sector of Saigon. Guerrillas still held out against South Vietnamese troops and police in seven of the city's nine precincts.

    U.S. forces were no longer fighting. They were arrayed in a doughnut-shaped formation in the Gia Dinh suburb to prevent further guerrilla infiltration.

    Some of the 100,000 civilian, refugees in Saigon were trapped in a cross-fire just one mile from the city's Tan Son Nhut Airport. South Vietnamese troops were bombing and shelling a Viet Cong stronghold, trying to soften it up before they attacked. Refugees struggled through sniper fire to crowd into government trucks. U.S. military sources said the battle here might be the worst ground fighting near Saigon. A well-place Viet Cong force seemed ready to inflict as many casualties as possible. Helicopters could not land to evacuate South Vietnamese wounded.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA31OUO6V7W9EY1AUFMKMRWERRB
    Media URN:
    VLVA31OUO6V7W9EY1AUFMKMRWERRB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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