• Short Summary

    AS THE FIRST UNITS OF THE UNITED STATES NINTH INFANTRY DIVISION LEAVE THE MEKONG DELTA, SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS ARE MOVING INTO THE AREA TO TAKE OVER THE FIGHTING.

  • Description

    AS THE FIRST UNITS OF THE UNITED STATES NINTH INFANTRY DIVISION LEAVE THE MEKONG DELTA, SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS ARE MOVING INTO THE AREA TO TAKE OVER THE FIGHTING. TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND AMERICAN SOLDIERS WILL BE WITHDRAWN FROM VIETNAM BY THE END OF AUGUST UNDER A PLAN RECENTLY ANNOUNCED BY PRESIDENT NIXON.

    THE SEVENTH ARVN (ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH VIETNAM) INFANTRY DIVISION IS ALREADY RESPONSIBLE FOR A LARGE SECTION OF THE DELTA. BUT WHEN THE U.S. NINTH DIVISION LEAVES, THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS WILL TAKE OVER THE AREA FORMERLY CONTROLLED BY THE AMERICAN FORCES.

    A SPECIAL GROUP OF THE SEVENTH ARVN -- KNOWN AS THE EXPERIMENTAL MILITARY UNIT -- MOVED INTO KIEN HOA PROVINCE IN THE MEKONG DELTA OVER THE WEEKEND. THE AREA, A VAST EXPANSE OF RICE PADDIES, FLOODED STREAMS AND CANALS, IS A VIET CONG STRONGHOLD. IN VILLAGES AND HAMLETS THE EMU MET ONLY WOMEN AND CHILDREN AS ALL OF THE MEN WERE FIGHTING FOR THE VIET CONG.

    THE EXPERIMENT UNIT HOPES TO ADOPT THE "JITTERBUG" TACTICS OF THE U.S. NINTH INFANTRY IN WHICH HELICOPTERS ARE USED TO LAND MEN FOR LIGHTNING STRIKES AGAINST ENEMY POSITIONS. SO FAR THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN TAKING OVER THE IDEA BUT THEY SAY THEY NEED MORE HELICOPTERS.

    IN THE WEEKEND OPERATION, VIETNAMESE TROOPS WERE FLOWN INTO AN AREA NEAR THE TOWN OF MO CAY ABOUT 50 MILES SOUTHWEST OF SAIGON IN TEN HELICOPTERS PILOTED BY AMERICAN AND AUSTRALIAN CREWS.

    IN ONE HAMLET THEY FOUND SOME TOOLS OF A VIET CONG PROPAGANDA TEAM INCLUDING BANNERS, A WOODEN PISTOL USED A PROP, AND A MEGAPHONE TO EXPLAIN TO THE VILLAGERS WHAT WAS HAPPENING.

    FREQUENTLY THE TROOP HAD TO CROSS STREAMS THAT WERE OVER THEIR HEADS BUT THEY FORGED ON TO JUST THE SAME WITH THEIR PACKS ON TOP OF THEIR HELMETS.

    A SHORT DISTANCE AWAY ANOTHER SECTION OF THE UNIT CAPTURED THREE VIET CONG WHO WERE TAKEN BACK TO THE UNIT'S HEADQUARTERS FOR ???.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3LZCBN5GMR6EF6ZNP5H1L02KV
    Media URN:
    VLVA3LZCBN5GMR6EF6ZNP5H1L02KV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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