South Vietnamese Marines have staged a successful amphibious operation north of Hue, behind Communist lines in the coastal region overrun by North Vietnamese troops following the fall of Quang Tri.
Aerial shot of 7th fleet
Fleet and ships standing off at sea (3 shots)
Amphibs heading into beach (4 shots)
Troops racing up beach, out of water on to sand and on beach (3 shots)
Air strikes (plane and smoke explosion) (2 shots)
Troops firing, pointing, firing (5 shots)
Refugees (5 shots)
Second air strikes
wounded (2 shots)
Soldier pouring water over head, casualties being carried behind him (2 shots)
Bodies lying on beach (large group)
Shot of body and air strike in background
Seventh Fleet covering the landing; amphibs heading for beach; troops landing; air strikes in support; troops firing; refugees; more air strikes; bodies and wounded being carried to beach.
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Background: South Vietnamese Marines have staged a successful amphibious operation north of Hue, behind Communist lines in the coastal region overrun by North Vietnamese troops following the fall of Quang Tri. The assault groups was carried up the coast by an American landing ship, transferred to amphibious tractors and put ashore in face of sporadic artillery fire.
Visnews cameraman, Neil Daxis, shot these exclusive pictures.
The marines quickly secured beach head. Air strikes were called in to suppress North Vietnamese small arms fire, which caused a number of casualties. Villagers found hiding in the neighbourhood were rounded up and sent southwards to safety in a fleet of sampans. The Marines pressed inland to link up with another force attacking across the nearby. My Chanh river. The force ended its offensive sweep and returned to the South Vietnamese lines after an action lasting 20 hours. Government spokesmen claimed to have killed more than 200 communists, for the loss of only 5 dead and 16 wounded.