• Short Summary

    IN PHUOC TUY PROVINCE SOUTH VIETNAM, THE NEWEST AUSTRALIAN PACIFICATION PROGRAMME HAS BEEN UNDERWAY FOR FOUR MONTHS.

  • Description

    IN PHUOC TUY PROVINCE SOUTH VIETNAM, THE NEWEST AUSTRALIAN PACIFICATION PROGRAMME HAS BEEN UNDERWAY FOR FOUR MONTHS. IT IS A JOINT AUSTRALIAN-VIETNAMESE EFFORT AIMED AT BREAKING DOWN VIETCONG SUPPORT AT VILLAGE LEVEL AND STRENGTHENING SAIGON'S AUTHORITY.
    PROGRAMME IS BEING CARRIED OUT INT HE COASTAL PHUOC TUY PROVINCE, WHICH THE AUSTRALIAN SHARE WITH A SIZEABLE NUMBER OF GUERILLAS. UNDER IT, DEFENCE HAVE BEEN REPAIRED, LOCAL TROOPS TRAINED, JUNGLES CLEARED, ROADS, BRIDGES AND SCHOOLS BUILT AND MEDICAL AID PROVIDED.
    IT ALL BEGAN WITH A WINDMILL, WHICH IS NOW PUMPING ADEQUATE WATER SUPPLIES FOR THE POPULATION AROUND NUI DAT, WHERE THE AUSTRALIAN HAVE THEIR TASK FORCE HEADQUARTERS. THIS WAS JUST THE BEGINNING IN THE CAMPAIGN TO CONVINCE THE LOCAL PEOPLE THAT THE SAIGON GOVERNMENT CAN PROVIDE THEM WITH THE PROTECTION AND HELP NECESSARY FOR THEM TO GO ABOUT THEIR DAILY BUSINESS WITHOUT COMMUNIST INTERFERENCE.
    ONCE THE VIETCONG HAD A FREE RUN OF MOST ROADS IN THE AREA. NOW AUSTRALIAN SAPPERS HAVE THE RUN OF THEM, REPAIRING AND BUILDING NEW ONES BRIDGES ARE ALSO BEING BUILT TO CATER FOR THE EXTRA TRAFFIC WHICH, ACCORDING TO THE AUSTRALIAN COMMANDER, HAS RESULTED FROM THE PACIFICATION EFFORT. OTHER BULLDOZERS ARE CLEARING AWAY JUNGLE AREAS IN THE NEARBY LONG HAI MOUNTAINS WHERE GUERILLAS COULD MASS FOR ATTACKS ON POPULATED AREAS. THE CLEARED LAND WILL BE USED FOR CULTIVATION.
    THE MEDICAL AND DENTAL AID PROGRAMME HAS BEEN EXTENDED. DOCTORS AND DENTISTS NOW VISIT EACH OF THE FIVE DISTRICTS IN THE PROVINCE ONCE A WEEK TO TRY TO WIN OVER THE PEOPLE. THERE IS NEVER ANY SHORTAGE OF BUSINESS.
    HOWEVER, AS SUCCESSFUL AS THE PACIFICATION PROGRAMME HAS BEEN FAR, THE VIETCONG HAVE ALSO HAD CONSIDERABLE SUCCESS SABOTAGING THE AUSTRALIAN EFFORTS. A NUMBER OF GUERILLAS HAVE DEFECTED AND NOW THEY ARE BEING TAUGHT A NEW LIFE WITH FACILITIES PROVIDED BY THEIR FORMER AUSTRALIAN ENAMY.
    ALTHOUGH THE PROGRAMME IS PROVING SUCCESSFUL, THE AUSTRALIANS ADMIT IT STILL HAS NO LONG WAY TO GO.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4R80TBZ39Q0NLZDD4PJVYMCHD
    Media URN:
    VLVA4R80TBZ39Q0NLZDD4PJVYMCHD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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