• Short Summary

    THE STRATEGIC DUC CO OUTPOST IN THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS OF SOUTH VIETNAM REMAINED IN GOVERNMENT HANDS ON SATURDAY WHEN THE VIETCONG WITHDREW TOWARDS THE CAMBODIAN BORDER.

  • Description

    THE STRATEGIC DUC CO OUTPOST IN THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS OF SOUTH VIETNAM REMAINED IN GOVERNMENT HANDS ON SATURDAY WHEN THE VIETCONG WITHDREW TOWARDS THE CAMBODIAN BORDER.THE OUTPOST HAD BEEN SUBJECTED TO A STEADY BARRAGE OF MORTAR FIRE FROM VIETCONG UNITS FOR MORE THAN A WEEK.DURING THE BATTLE, GOVERNMENT SOLDIERS DEFENDING THE BASE TOOK A NUMBER OF PRISONERS AND SEIZED A LARGE QUANTITY OF WEAPONS.

    DURING THE BATTLE, SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT FORCES ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT SIX BATTALIONS OF VIETCONG WERE ATTACKING THE BASE.THEY WITHDREW WHEN UNITED STATES PARATROOPS APPEARED NEAR THE CAMP.

    DESPITE THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE VIETCONG, THE ATMOSPHERE AT DUC CO REMAINS VERY TENSE.GOVERNMENT OFFICERS THERE ARE CONVINCED THAT THE STRATEGIC POSITION OF THE OUTPOST WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY PROMPT THE VIETCONG TO TRY AGAIN.THEY BELIEVE THE VIETCONG MAY BE TRYING TO LINK "WAR ZONE C" WITH "WAR ZONE D" - AND THE SEIZURE OF DUC CO WOULD BE A MAJOR STEP TOWARDS THIS OBJECTIVE.THE SUCCESS OF THESE OPERATIONS WOULD GIVE THE VIETCONG VIRTUAL CONTROL OF A SLICE OF LAND THREE HUNDRED MILES LONG STRETCHING FROM THE LAOS BORDER ALMOST TO THE EDGE OF SAIGON ITSELF.

    DUC CO HOLDS A COMMANDING POSITION ON THE ROAD BETWEEN PLEIKU, 35 MILES TO THE EAST, AND THE CAMBODIAN BORDER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4J7LEPAD1TVXF3LOX41YO3X2R
    Media URN:
    VLVA4J7LEPAD1TVXF3LOX41YO3X2R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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