• Short Summary

    THE WEST GERMAN HOSPITAL SHIP HELGOLAND IS ON ITS WAY TO SOUTH VIETNAM TO BEGIN ITS NEW JOB HELPING TO CARE FOR CIVILIANS WOUNDED DURING THE FIGHTING THERE.

  • Description

    THE WEST GERMAN HOSPITAL SHIP HELGOLAND IS ON ITS WAY TO SOUTH VIETNAM TO BEGIN ITS NEW JOB HELPING TO CARE FOR CIVILIANS WOUNDED DURING THE FIGHTING THERE.

    THE 3,100-TON HELGOLAND LEFT HAMBURG TODAY (WEDNESDAY) FOR SAIGON. FORMERLY A LUXURY HOLIDAY STEAMER, THE SHIP WAS CONVERTED TO A HOSPITAL SHIP WITH 150 BEDS AND TWO OPERATING THEATRES. IT WILL BE OPERATED BY THE GERMAN RED CROSS.

    THE WEST GERMAN MINISTER OF HEALTH FRAU ELIZABETH SCHWARZHAUPT HANDED THE HELGOLAND OVER TO THE RED CROSS OFFICIALS BEFORE THE SHIP SAILED. THE PRESIDENT OF THE WEST GERMAN RED CROSS, FRAU RITTER VON LEX ATTENDED THE CEREMONY.

    THE WEST GERMAN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED ITS DECISION TO SEND THE SHIP IN JANUARY AND AN AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED WITH SOUTH VIETNAM IN MARCH. PART OF A LARGE-SCALE AID PROGRAMME TO SOUTH VIETNAM, THE CONVERSION AND UPKEEP OF THE HELGOLAND WILL COST WEST GERMANY ABOUT 11 MILLION MARKS (ONE MILLION POUNDS STERLING) A YEAR.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3AB4T0VXU3SA5BUKHFM9FOPQ8
    Media URN:
    VLVA3AB4T0VXU3SA5BUKHFM9FOPQ8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/08/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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