• Short Summary

    A United States armoured column, rushing to the aid of a South Vietnamese town reported to be about to be attacked by the Viet Cong guerrillas, were themselves caught in a Viet Cong ambush while on their way.

  • Description

    A United States armoured column, rushing to the aid of a South Vietnamese town reported to be about to be attacked by the Viet Cong guerrillas, were themselves caught in a Viet Cong ambush while on their way. Using-armoured piercing shells, rockets and heavy guns, the Viet Cong killed eighteen and wounded 31 of the American troops.

    The armoured convoy was moving to a town nearly 50 miles north of the capital, Saigon, after reports that a Viet Cong unit was about to attack the town. A battalion of South Vietnamese troops were supposed to guard the route against ambush. They did not -- and were caught in the ambush themselves.

    First tank in the American column was halted by mine. Then, as the convoy came to a halt in a line two miles long, the Viet Cong opened fire along almost the whole length from the protection of dense jungle only 50 yards from the road. Viet Cong strength was placed at between 1,000 and 1,500.

    United States aircraft were called up to help the convoy. They bombed and straffed the roadside.

    Afterwards, it was stated that 24 Viet Cong bodies were found, although American commanders claimed that 250 were killed.

    Sergeant John Johnson, of Tennessee, described what happened in his tank when it was struck by Viet Cong fire.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4JWB60A6S1R170S5X9DDE0RVL
    Media URN:
    VLVA4JWB60A6S1R170S5X9DDE0RVL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/06/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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