• Short Summary

    Troops, tanks and rockets paraded through Taipei on Friday (10 October) when Taiwan celebrated its national day with a military display for the first time in eleven years.

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    Troops, tanks and rockets paraded through Taipei on Friday (10 October) when Taiwan celebrated its national day with a military display for the first time in eleven years. The parade featured heavy tanks, 155 mm field guns, rockets and ground-to-air Hawk and Nike-Hercules missiles.

    President Yen Chai-Kan took the salute as 35,000 soldiers goose-stepped past the reviewing stand in the Presidential Square. He urged the nation's youth to follow the guidance of his predecessor, the late General Chiang Kai-Shek.

    "The light of his great spirit will shine upon us always, and the strength of his determination will guide us towards our final victory over the (Chinese) Communists" said President Yen.

    More than fifteen thousand Taiwanese from all parts of the world were expected in Taipei to take part in the celebrations. Officials at the Ministry of National Defence said that the main purpose of the parade was to demonstrate the mobilisation, unity and combat capabilities of the Taiwan armed forces.

    A spokesman for the Ministry also claimed that almost all the weapons and military equipment on display had been produced by military factories in Taiwan. They include rifles, machine-guns, artillery pieces, vehicles, communications equipment and aircraft.

    The troops that took parting the parade include tri-service reservists, militia units from Kinmen (Quemoy) and Matsu, cadets of the armed forces academies, frogmen, and the Army's light aviation units.

    SYNOPSIS: President Yen Chia-Kan arrived to inspect the guard of honour in the Presidential Square in Taipei, capital or Taiwan, on Friday, at the start of the country's national day celebrations. For the first time in eleven years the celebrations were to include a big military parade, at which the President was to take the salute.

    In the parade, thirty-five thousand troops took part and among the military equipment featured were tanks, field guns, rockets and ground-to-air Hawk and Nike Horoules missiles. More than fifteen thousand Taiwanese from all part of the world were expected in Taipei to take part in the celebrations and the numerous parties held throughout the country.

    In his national day speech, President Yen called on the nation's youth to follow the guidance of his predecessor, the late General Chiang Kai-Shek. He said the example of the General's strength and determination would guide them all towards their final victory even the Chinese Communists.

    Officials at the Ministry of National Defence said that the main purpose of the parade was to demonstrate the mobilisation, unity and combat capabilities of the Taiwan armed forces. A Military spokesman also claimed that almost all the weapons and military equipment on display had been produced by military factories in Taiwan.

    The equipment on parade made in Taiwan include rifles, machine-guns, artillery pieces, vehicles, communications equipment and aircraft. The troops taking part included tri-service reservists, militia units from Quemoy and Matsu, cadets of the armed forces academies, frogmen and the Army's light aviation unit.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3NDFVSO8J6D84JL7IQXM20259
    Media URN:
    VLVA3NDFVSO8J6D84JL7IQXM20259
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/10/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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