Key to the current southern theatre of war in South vietnam is Highway 13. Since?
SV TILT TO GV Tanks along highway.
SV PAN Troops and radio operator moving up road.
SV Troops discovering landmine (2 shots)
GV Tanks and civilians halted on Highway (2 shots)
GV & SV Artillery and mortar firing (6 shots)
GV Tanks across field.
GV Troops moving forward.
GROUND TO AIR: South Vietnamese aircraft attacking and bombs exploding (3 shots)
SV & GV Troops moving forward (2 shots)
GOVERNMENT TANKS ALONG HIGHWAY: TROOPS ALONG ROAD: TROOPS DISCOVERING LANDMINE: ARTILLERY FIRING: TANKS ACROSS FIELD: GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT ON BOMBING RUNS: TROOPS MOVING FORWARD.
Initials VS/23.01 VS/23.17
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Background: Key to the current southern theatre of war in South vietnam is Highway 13. Since capturing the town of Loc Ninh at the weekend, North vietnamese troops have been sweeping southward along the road towards Saigon. Latest reports indicated a communist artillery regiment clone to Lai Khe, only 25 miles (40 kms) from the capital.
Our latest coverage of the fighting comes from this sector, as South Vietnamese troops backed by government aircraft battled to repulse the North Vietnamese and push reinforcements though to An Loc -- a town near Loc Ninh cut off by the communist advance.
SYNOPSIS: Highway Thirteen, the major routeway running due north from Saigon, has become the major war theatre of the communist offensive in the south of the country.
For Government troops, the communist presence is indicated by landmines. Since taking a rubber town on Highway Thirteen at the weekend, the North Vietnamese had pushed rapidly on towards Saigon. Government reinforcements who set off from the capital found their progress halted. Advance units ran into a major ambush. Artillery and tanks were soon engaged in a full-scale battle. But at the same time there were reports that a North Vietnamese artillery unit had slipped past and penetrated to within twenty-five miles of Saigon. Meantime, Government guns kept pounding away at an elusive, unseen enemy.
Tanks supported a battalion of paratroopers in the battle to keep Highway Thirteen open. But because progress was slow reinforcements for the beleaguered town of An Loc - further up the highway - finally had to be flown in by helicopter.
South Vietnamese aircraft were called in to bomb suspected communist positions, sometimes as little as three-hundred yards from the Highway.
After the aircraft had softened up the surrounding area, the advance continued. Further north, American jets flew air strikes to relieve the pressure on beleaguered An Loc.