No sooner had the South Vietnamese forces withdrawn from Laos than the North Vietnamese launched a major drive against the Royal Laotian capital of Luang Prabang.
Aerial view of Luang Prabang.
SV Mortar fired.
GV Plane takes off and flies overhead. (2 shots)
CU Jeep drives past.
GV Big guns firing (3 shots)
SV Soldiers walk through village market.
GV Market scenes (3 shots)
MV Women in group.
SV Rice being handed out to refugees.
SV Refugees along the river.
GV Refugees in camp (2 shots)
GV Soldiers moving out (3 shots)
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Background: No sooner had the South Vietnamese forces withdrawn from Laos than the North Vietnamese launched a major drive against the Royal Laotian capital of Luang Prabang. With attacking forces within a couple of miles of the city, the government imposed martial law and rushed in reinforcement and artillery from as far as 250 miles away.
Prime object was to save the vital airfield to the north of the city, from which Laotian fighters fly daily combat missions against targets in the north of the country.
As an estimated 2,000 North Vietnamese closed in on Luang Prabang, refugees from outlying areas poured into the city in an effort to avoid the fighting.