Dau Tieng, about 45 miles north-west of Saigon, has been under sporadic attack from communist forces for the last three weeks.
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Background: Dau Tieng, about 45 miles north-west of Saigon, has been under sporadic attack from communist forces for the last three weeks. Two minor outposts in the area fell to the communist troops on Monday night, and most of the South Vietnamese troops who had manned them are still missing.
American advisers in Dau Tieng have high praise for the defending South Vietnamese soldiers. The present defence system in operation around Dau Tieng consists of South Vietnamese patrols locating the communists, and then contacting the Americans to co-ordinate airstrikes.
The South Vietnamese say the communist forces have been within a few hundreds (metres) of the town over the last few days, but so far there has been no mass invasion. The town lies directly in the path of what could become an invasion route to Saigon however, and both the Americans and South Vietnamese are attaching high importance to its defence.