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    Bin Duong Province is the Viet Cong's strongest foothold is South Vietnam. It was in?

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    Bin Duong Province is the Viet Cong's strongest foothold is South Vietnam. It was in this province that more United States military units fought than in any other, and it cost them billions of dollars and thousands of lives to clear it of Viet Cong. But now the Americans are gone and the South Vietnamese army is fighting to hold the province against Viet Cong infiltration. For the population of Bin Doung were originally North Vietnamese brought south by the French in the last century -- and treated badly by them. It is the same seeds of bitterness that the Viet Cong are playing on, and the reason why South Vietnamese forces are still fighting to hold the province. This film shows one of the units involved -- the small but famous Regional Force Company 794, comprising only 74 men. The cameraman who shot this film was with the Company when it laid an ambush for the Viet Cong -- and managed to get some good footage of the battle that followed.

    SYNOPSIS: This is Bin Duong Province in South Vietnam, where the Viet Cong have their strongest foothold. It was here that more United States units fought than in any other province in South Vietnam. It was here that over a six-year-period, billions of dollars and thousands of lives were spent trying to clear it of Viet Cong. But now, the Americans are gone; the Viet Cong are back; and the only forces left to fight them off are South Vietnamese units.

    But the South Vietnamese are holding their own -- thanks largely to this unit, Regional Force Company 749. For 749 has a justly earned reputation for courage and military skill, and are able to claim more Viet Cong deaths in Bin Duong Province than all the other units combined. Occasionally, the troops take time off from battle to collect their medals and decorations. Their commander, for example, has won nearly 70 medals for bravery -- and is still being awarded them.

    But most of their time is spent in the bush, searching for Viet Cong. On this patrol, they were after Communist agents -- guerrillas who slip into villages in search of food, which they take back to Viet Cong units in the jungle. An ambush is one of 749's favourite tactics -- and it usually works.

    There is an historical reason for the hold that the communists have in Bin Duong. For most of the population originally came from North Vietnam, over a hundred years ago, when they were brought south and bitterly exploited by the French colonials. The Viet Cong try to play on this bitterness -- when, and if, they can avoid contact with troops like the 749.

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