• Short Summary

    IN A PITCHED BATTLE WITH NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS, U.S. PARATROOPERS OF THE 173RD AIRBORNE REGIMENT?

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    IN A PITCHED BATTLE WITH NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS, U.S. PARATROOPERS OF THE 173RD AIRBORNE REGIMENT LOST 76 KILLED AND SUSTAINED NUMBERS OF WOUNDED. THE BATTLE FLARED UP LAST SATURDAY, WHEN U.S. TROOPS ADVANCING THROUGH MUDDY JUNGLE NEAR DAK TO IN SOUTH VIETNAM'S CENTRAL HIGHLANDS, ENCOUNTERED A REGIMENT OF NORTH VIETNAMESE. THE AMERICANS WERE CAUGHT IN WITHERING CROSSFIRE.

    MEANWHILE IN QUANG NGAI PROVINCE, 51 U.S. TROOPS WERE WOUNDED AND THREE KILLED WHEN VIET CONG ATTACKED AN ARTILLERY COMPOUND WITH MORTAR FIRE.

    THE BATTLE IN THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS WAS RATED BY U.S. MILITARY SPOKESMEN AS ONE OF THE TOUGHEST FOUGHT BY U.S. TROOPS IN THEIR MILITARY HISTORY. THE BATTLE RAGED FOR SEVEN HOURS AS MEN OF THE 173RD AIRBORNE REGIMENT FOUGHT A BLOODY ENGAGEMENT WITH THE NORTH VIETNAMESE 24TH REGIMENT.

    THIS NORTH VIETNAMESE UNIT WAS FIGHTING ITS FIRST BATTLE WITH U.S. TROOPS. OFFICIAL U.S. CLAIMS PUT NORTH VIETNAMESE LOSSES AT TEN DEAD, ALTHOUGH ESTIMATES IN THE FIELD WERE MORE THAN 400.

    THEY BROKE OFF THE ENGAGEMENT AFTER U.S REINFORCEMENTS HAD BEEN LANDED BY HELICOPTERS AND NORTH VIETNAMESE POSITIONS HAD BEEN BLASTED BY JETS AND ARTILLERY.

    MEANWHILE, A 15-MINUTE VIET CONG MORTAR ATTACK ON A U.S. ARTILLERY EMPLACEMENT IN QUANG NGAI PROVINCE INFLICTED HEAVY CASUALTIES AND BADLY DAMAGED A NUMBER OF FIELD GUNS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT.

    THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS BATTLE AND THE FLARE-UP OF OTHER ENGAGEMENT IN SOUTH VIETNAM ARE SAID BY U.S. MILITARY AUTHORITIES TO BE PART OF A MASS OFFENSIVE BY VIET CONG AND NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3T0PF01A1VBIC0IH4XKF1KZOU
    Media URN:
    VLVA3T0PF01A1VBIC0IH4XKF1KZOU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/06/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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