• Short Summary

    HELICOPTER ASSAULT HAVE BECOME INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT IN UNITED STATES ARMY STRATEGY IN VIETNAM SINCE GENERAL CREIGHTON ABRAMS TOOK OVER AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF.

  • Description

    HELICOPTER ASSAULT HAVE BECOME INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT IN UNITED STATES ARMY STRATEGY IN VIETNAM SINCE GENERAL CREIGHTON ABRAMS TOOK OVER AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF. ONE ASSAULT, BY THE 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION, WAS ORGANISED WITHIN TWENTY FOUR HOURS OF INTELLIGENCE REPORTS SUGGESTING THE PRESENCE OF ENEMY UNITS SOUTH AND WEST OF THE CITY OF HUE.

    GENERAL ABRAMS BELIEVES THAT A HIGH DEGREE OF MOBILITY - SUCH AS IS PROVIDED BY HELICOPTER TASK FORCES - IS ESSENTIAL TO ENABLE THE UNITED STATES TO TAKE THE INITIATIVE IN THE WAR. AS PART OF THIS EMPHASIS ON MOBILITY, A SERIES OF FIRE BASES ON MOUNTAIN TOPS AROUND VIETNAM HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED. LANDING ZONES FOR HELICOPTERS AND EMPLACEMENTS FOR HEAVY ARTILLERY CAN BE ESTABLISHED IN A FEW HOURS WITH MEN AND MACHINERY LOWERED FROM HELICOPTERS.

    THE HELICOPTERS THEMSELVES MAKE MOBILE PLATFORMS FOR MACHINE GUN AND MORTAR ATTACKS ON ENEMY EMPLACEMENTS. THE UNITED STATES AIR POWER REPRESENTS THEIR MAJOR ADVANTAGE IN THE JUNGLE FIGHTING TYPICAL OF THE AREA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3TR1AHDNLQLLPDO0O0B6XBJKV
    Media URN:
    VLVA3TR1AHDNLQLLPDO0O0B6XBJKV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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