INTRODUCTION The right-wing Thai regime, under increasing pressure form Communist guerrillas, has stepped up its anti-insurgent campaign.
GV AND LV: parachute drop at special warfare centre in Lop Buri, Thailand (3 shots)
CU: General Ryu Joon Hyung and General Chung Byung Joo of Korea watching.
SV: General R.C. Kingston (USA smaller man on the left) watching with collegaue as camera pans along unit of Airborne Battalion with their equipment in front of them. (3 shots)
CU: troops with blacked faces.
SV PAN ROUND: visiting generals watch as member of jungle survival team catches and tames boa constrictor.
SV: Generals watching.
SV: member of jungle survival team working in front of table with variety of foliage demonstrates use of one of them on self-inflicted cut.
SV: group of 'guerrillas' rounded up.
CU: 'captured' booby trapped brief case demonstrated and explained.
CU: U.S. General Kingston.
CU: Thai General Sirisamphan seated.
LV AND GV: helicopter rescue demonstrated. (2 shots)
The curfew in southern Thailand was imposed in the provinces of Seaward Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat after nine government soldiers were wounded by guerrilla landmines and ambushes on Sunday (27 February). Two weeks ago Queen Sirikit's personal secretary Princess Viphavadi Rangsit was killed when her helicopter was hit by guerrilla groundfire in Seaward Thani.
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Background: INTRODUCTION The right-wing Thai regime, under increasing pressure form Communist guerrillas, has stepped up its anti-insurgent campaign. A night curfew and special restrictions on the sale of certain goods have been imposed in a fresh drive against guerrillas in Southern Thailand. The curfew came into effect in two provinces after guerrilla attacks on Sunday (27 February). A key element in the Government's anti-Communist activities is the special warfare centre at Lop Buri north of Bangkok. Last week Asian military commanders gathered there for a conference and demonstration of special forces' techniques.
SYNOPSIS: This is how it looks to a Communist guerrilla at the receiving end of an airborne operation by government troops. The mass parachute drop was just part of the display put on for the 9th Asian Special Forces' Commanders' conference on Friday (25 February). The United States, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand sent representatives but three member countries Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia did not.
Major General R.C. Kingston of the United States was one of the delegates. The Lop Buri special warfare centre was set up in 1967 to suppress the activities of Communist insurgents. Trainees are sent from units of the Royal Thai Army and the police for three month courses.
One of the things they learn is psychological warfare - but sophisticated techniques are sometimes not the answer. Here's how jungle survival teams cope with a less than friendly boa constrictor - communist-trained, no doubt.
Pretty impressive. But what about this for devotion to duty. A jungle survival expert cuts himself to show how leaves can be used to help heal wounds.
The display also included a mock round up of captured guerrillas, but this is where the realism ended - genuine guerrillas did not take part. There was also a demonstration of a booby-trapped brief case, and how to deal with it.
The conference was described as a "technical session" by host general Thienchai Sirisamphan, the warfare centre commander.
A helicopter rescue gets underway, showing how the special forces can get out of the jungle almost as quickly as they jumped into it. About seven and a half thousand guerrillas are believed by the Government to be operating in the Sough, north and north east of Thailand. The anti-insurgency campaign serves as a model for other Asian countries - like those represented at the Lop Buri conference - who are faced with the same problem.