Much of the American Army equipment damaged in South Vietnam is shipped to Taiwan, where repairs can be made faster and cheaper than in the United States.
GV PAN EXT Damaged tanks and other Army equipment in junkyard (2 shots) (MUTE)
GV Tanks under repair (5 shots)
SV Sign - "Our goal is zero defects"
SV Amphibious craft undergo tests in canal (3 shots)
GV Repaired U.S. tanks outside factory (2 shots)
Initials BB/1845 DF/AW/BB/1901
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Background: Much of the American Army equipment damaged in South Vietnam is shipped to Taiwan, where repairs can be made faster and cheaper than in the United States.
Since 1968, Taiwanese technicians at U.S. Army workshops have repaired more than 80,000 pieces of equipment damaged in South Vietnam. The price too for the repairs since then. about $U.S.10 million, (4 million pounds) is only a fraction of the replacement cost of the damaged material.
SYNOPSIS: The debris of war--many of the United States tanks and other vehicles damaged in Vietnam end up in this junk yard in Taiwan. Most can be salvaged.
The repair work is carried out in workshops at Taichung manned by Taiwanese mechanics.
The American Army has found that it can have equipment repaired in Taiwan cheaper and quicker than having it returned to the United States. Thanks and armoured personnel carriers, that might otherwise be abandoned, can be repaired and put back into action.
American Army engineers supervise the work.
Many of the vehicles repaired at Taichung are amphibious. They're tested in a canal near the workshops.
Strict testing and inspection ensures that the overhauls are properly carried out.
More than eighty thousand pieces of equipment have been repaired in Taiwan at a cost of ten million dollars, a fraction of their replacement cost.