This coverage contains some of the first scenes of South Vietnamese troops nearing the occupied provincial capital of Quang Tri in the current bid to wrest it from North Vietnamese control.
This coverage contains some of the first scenes of South Vietnamese troops nearing the occupied provincial capital of Quang Tri in the current bid to wrest it from North Vietnamese control. On Tuesday (July 4), when this film was shot, major units of the South Vietnamese Army were preparing for the final battle to take the city. Within hours of this film, some of the same troops were in fact occupying southern parts of the city while marines skited round its eastern edge apparently to attack the north-seat in a pioneer movement with the southern troops.
Throughout the province, meanwhile, there is evidence of the massive communist offensive which began shortly after the lunar new year. Abandoned and burnt-out armoured vehicles litter the roads, and South Vietnamese troops are seeing once again the wreckage of the vehicles they left behind in their earlier retreat.
SYNOPSIS: In South Vietnam this week, Government troops were moving forward against the occupied provincial capital of Quang Tri City. Within hours of this film, some of these troops were in fact occupying southern parte of the city, which was captured by North Vietnamese Army troops in their massive offensive earlier this year. Wreckage of past battles littered the roads--including South Vietnamese armour left behind in retreat at the beginning of the offensive, and Soviet-made thanks of the North Vietnamese Army.
shortly after this drive, South Vietnamese paratroopers were encamped in the southern edges of the city, while come reconnaissance patrols ventured further in. But no further immediate attempt was made to take the city--instead, paratroopers supported by infantry, tanks and artillery held onto their southern positions while marines skirted around Quang Tri in apparent preparation for the second part of a pincer assault from the north east and south.