Fighting still continues on the outskirts of Quang Tri city which was recaptured last week by South Vietnamese troops after three months of communist occupation.
ARVN troops on patrol
Shrine of the Virgin Mary
Troops recovering for abandoned arms.
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Background: Fighting still continues on the outskirts of Quang Tri city which was recaptured last week by South Vietnamese troops after three months of communist occupation. Patrols continue to probe northwards into the badly bombed battle zone stretching all the way up to the DMZ. So far, the Government forces have not made any further significant advance through what is left of the city. But they have cleared the rubble of enemy troops and are building defence positions in case of counter attack.
Quang Tri is almost completely destroyed. The Cathedral is in ruins, only the shrine of the Virgin Mary, centre of devotion for local Catholics, appears to have escaped serious damage. Elsewhere the rubble is littered with smashed and abandoned vehicles. They include Communist tanks and large number of American-built trucks and armoured personnel carriers. South Vietnamese troops are still checking through the wreckage to salvage abandoned weapons.