Taking advantage of a halt in their advance on the Pathet Lao occupied Plain of Jars, Laotian Government troops relaxed at Phou Hong, some 54 miles north of Vientiane Jan 8.
LS. Forward lines.
CU. Spent shell cases etc - tilt to rifles.
MCU. Soldiers eating.
PAN Of camouflaged troop positions.
CU. Soldier resting.
MS. Another soldier sleeping.
MLS. Sentry at an improvised hut.
Spent shells - tilt to Howitzer.
MS. Soldier cleaning 105-mm shell.
MS. Truck with soldiers and field gun moving toward front lines.
Vientiane: Pan of soldiers in trucks.
MLS. Armoured car leading convoy.
MLS. Trucks in convoy moving,
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Background: Taking advantage of a halt in their advance on the Pathet Lao occupied Plain of Jars, Laotian Government troops relaxed at Phou Hong, some 54 miles north of Vientiane Jan 8.
While some took a well earned rest, others camouflaged mortar positions, and prepared a 105-mm howitzer for a barrage on a Pathet Lao position just one mile ahead. Field guns were being brought up by American-made troop transport, and armoured cars moved into position for the next move. in Vientiane the following day, Information Minister Bouavan Norasingh said preparations were now completed for a general offensive.
Just north of Phou Hong lies the strategic junction of roads between Xieng Khouang, Luang Prabang, and Vientiane.
Four 'Harvard' trainer aircraft- capable of carrying either rockets or bombs- were delivered to the Vientiane Government recently under the United States military aid programme. In a second protest note to Russia, Jan 11, Premier Prince Boun Oum said that unless Soviet aid to Pathet Lao forces is terminated immediately, the "trainers' will soon operate against Soviet aircraft using airstrips on the Plain of Jars.
Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia wrote to President de Gaulle of France Jan 11, proposing an international meeting on the Laos problem. The French President also received a letter from Soviet Premier Khrushchev on the same subject. Contents of the latter have not yet been revealed.