• Short Summary

    UNITES STATES MARINES HAVE MOVED BACK INTO THE KHE SANH BASE WHICH THEY ABANDONED THREE MONTHS AGO.

  • Description

    UNITES STATES MARINES HAVE MOVED BACK INTO THE KHE SANH BASE WHICH THEY ABANDONED THREE MONTHS AGO. THE MOVE TOOK PLACE ON SATURDAY (OCTOBER 5) BUT WAS NOT ANNOUNCED UNTIL TODAY (MONDAY).

    A MARINES INFANTRY UNIT WAS LIFTED IN BY HELICOPTER AND GIVEN THE TASK OF SECURING A HILL IN THE BASE AREA FOR TWO ARTILLERY BATTERIES WHICH WILL PROVIDE COVER FOR AMERICAN AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS MAKING A SWEEP OF THE SURROUNDINGS COUNTRYSIDE. THEY MET NO OPPOSITION WHEN THEY RETURNED TO THE SCENE OF THE TEN-WEEK SIEGE BY NORTH VIETNAMESE FORCES FROM JANUARY TO MARCH THIS YEAR.

    DURING THE SIEGE, 205 OF THE 5,000 DEFENDERS WERE KILLED AND 852 WOUNDED. ACCORDING TO AMERICAN MILITARY SOURCES, 1,602 OF THE ESTIMATED 20,000 NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS SURROUNDING THE BASE WERE KILLED, MOST OF THEM IN AIR OR ARTILLERY STRIKES.

    KHE SANH, IN THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SOUTH VIETNAM, LOOKS LIKE A GHOST VALLEY. ALL THAT IS LEFT OF THE OLD BASE IS THE AIRSTRIP AND METAL BAYS PUT UP TO PROTECT THE HELICOPTERS FROM THE NORTH VIETNAMESE GUNS.

    THE BASE WAS ONCE THE WESTERN CORNERSTONE OF A LINE OF BASES STRETCHING THE LENGTH OF THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF THE DEMILITARISED ZONE SPLITTING THE TWO VIETNAMS. IT SITS ASTRIDE A MAJOR INFILTRATION ROUTE FROM LAOS. WHEN THE MARINES WERE WITHDRAWN IN MID-SUMMER THE MOVE WAS SAID TO BE FOR STRATEGIC REASONS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA35H7LL6X7GFC7M4OMS55J93J8
    Media URN:
    VLVA35H7LL6X7GFC7M4OMS55J93J8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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