• Short Summary

    A VIETCONG BATTALION TRAPPED SOMEWHERE NEAR A RIVER WHICH SURROUNDED BY DENSE JUNGLE 40 MILES EAST OF SAIGON IS BEING HUNTED BY SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS, BACKED BY AMERICAN ARMOURED UNITS.

  • Description

    A VIETCONG BATTALION TRAPPED SOMEWHERE NEAR A RIVER WHICH SURROUNDED BY DENSE JUNGLE 40 MILES EAST OF SAIGON IS BEING HUNTED BY SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS, BACKED BY AMERICAN ARMOURED UNITS.

    THE COMBINED FORCE MOVED INTO THE AREA LAST WEEK FOLLOWING INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM A CAPTURED VIETCONG GUERILLA.

    THE VIETCONG BELIEVED TO BE THE THIRD BATTALION OF THE 275 REGIMENT, BLAZED AWAY WITH ARMOUR PIERCING ROCKETS. THEY DIRECTED SUCH FEROCIOUS FIRE AGAINST THE HEAVY VEHICLES WHICH MOVED AWKWARDLY THROUGH THE DENSE UNDERGROWTH THAT THE AMERICAN FORCES WITHDREW AS DUSK FELL.

    THE OPERATIONS IS BEING SUPPORTED BY AMERICAN AIR STRIKES.

    THE FIGHTING BECAME HEAVY ON WEDNESDAY WHEN A BATTALION OF SOUTH VIETNAMESE RANGERS CLASHED FIERCELY WITH THE VIETCONG. IMMEDIATELY TWO INFANTRY BATTALIONS AND MORE RANGERS WERE LIFTED INTO THE AREA. THEY ADVANCED UPON THE GUERILLAS WHO WERE PINNED WITH THEIR BACKS TO A RAIN SWOLLEN RIVER. AMERICAN ARMOURED CARS RACED TO SEAL OFF THE LAST REMAINING CAP THROUGH WHICH THE VIETCONG COULD FLEE.

    FIRST REPORTERS INDICATED THAT II VIETCONG HAD BEEN KILLED IN THE ACTION. SOUTH VIETNAMESE AND AMERICAN TROOPS WERE SAID TO HAVE SUFFERED LIGHT CASUALTIES. THE WOUNDED WERE BROUGHT OUT INTO A CLEARING WHERE AN ARMED HELICOPTER AIRLIFTED THEM OUT OF THE JUNGLE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA49CSHXBOPA2SCT2GOSGS06H4K
    Media URN:
    VLVA49CSHXBOPA2SCT2GOSGS06H4K
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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