• Short Summary

    AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN VIENTIANE ON MONDAY (JAN 15), LAOTIAN FINANCE MINISTER SISOUK CHANPASSAC ANNOUNCED THAT NORTH VIETNAMESE AIRCRAFT RAIDED GOVERNMENT FORCES DEFENDING THE STRATEGIC NAM BAC MILITARY ENCLAVE.

  • Description

    AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN VIENTIANE ON MONDAY (JAN 15), LAOTIAN FINANCE MINISTER SISOUK CHANPASSAC ANNOUNCED THAT NORTH VIETNAMESE AIRCRAFT RAIDED GOVERNMENT FORCES DEFENDING THE STRATEGIC NAM BAC MILITARY ENCLAVE.

    TWO OF THE ATTACKING PLANES WERE SHOT DOWN BY SMALL ARMS FIRE IN SAM ??? PROVINCE, EAST OF NAM BAC AND THREE NORTH VIETNAMESE AIRMEN WERE KILLED.

    THE ATTACK ON THE ENCLAVE, ONLY 60 MILES NORTH OF THE ROYAL CAPITAL OF LUANG PRABANG, FORCED GOVERNMENT FORCES TO RETREAT BECAUSE THEY WERE OUTNUMBERED BY PRO-COMMUNIST PATHET LAO AND NORTH VIETNAMESE FORCES.

    NAM BAC IS A RICE RICH VALLEY WHICH STANDS IN THE WAY OF THE TRADITIONAL INVASION ROUTE BETWEEN NORTH VIETNAM AND LUANG PRABANG.

    THE ENCLAVE WAS CAPTURED BY THE GOVERNMENT FROM THE PATHET LAO IN JULY, 1966.

    IT WAS THE FIRST TIME NORTH VIETNAMESE AIRCRAFT HAD BOMBED AND STRAFED LAOTIAN GOVERNMENT TROOPS, KILLING FOUR OF THEM.

    NAM BAC'S 2,000 GOVERNMENT TROOPS WERE MISSING, LEAVING BEHIND SOLE HEAVY ARTILLERY PIECES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3FVOZJ3T13C4I9G6AH3TWA4EO
    Media URN:
    VLVA3FVOZJ3T13C4I9G6AH3TWA4EO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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