Quemoy, battered by one of the fiercest and most concentrated attacks of shellfire in history, carries evidence everywhere of devastation.
LV Wrecked L.S.M. on beach
LV Soldier watching
LV Landing on way to beach being shelled
LV PAN..From coast line shelling
LV Shells in sea
LV PAN..Shells on coastline
LV Shells exploding
LV Shells exploding on coast
LV Children in wrecked street, in Kinmen City
SV Woman and child sweeping up debris
SV Boy sorting out rubble
LV PAN.. of family sitting outside house
CU Little boy into doorway
BACK V..Man holds child
SV Woman gets water from well
SV PAN..Man walks with family through rubble
REISSUED IN VIEW OF CURRENT CHINESE THREAT TO IKE'S VISIT TO FORMOSA.
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Background: Quemoy, battered by one of the fiercest and most concentrated attacks of shellfire in history, carries evidence everywhere of devastation. No sooner had a Chinese Nationalist C-46 plane landed on the island the other day, loaded with Pressmen and cameramen, than it too was under fire on the airstrip. Correspondents stepped out, stepped back and saw for themselves first-hand what the bombardment was like. As the plane took off, it passed another C-46 - but this one helpless on the ground, wrecked by shells on August 31.
There are a reported 50,000 civilians on Quemoy, now in urgent need of medical supplies. US authorities hope to be able to droop supplies by air within the next few days.
Many families are now homeless in quemoy, many sit disconsolately outside devastated houses, or sort through rubble and ruin for possessions once carefully treasured. At the airfield near Kinmen City, chief town of Quemoy, ambulances loaded with wounded Servicemen wait for planes to take them to hospital in Taipei, Formosa.