United States Army troops are driving bulldozers through the South Vietnamese jungle for a dual purpose--to clear the land of Viet Cong infiltrators who hide in the jungle, and to make the land cultivatable for South Vietnamese.
United States Army troops are driving bulldozers through the South Vietnamese jungle for a dual purpose--to clear the land of Viet Cong infiltrators who hide in the jungle, and to make the land cultivatable for South Vietnamese. VISNEWS illustrates this little-publicist aspect of the war with this production showing U.S. bulldozers in jungle action. The film, form the National Broadcasting Company of America, has a reporter's voice-over-film commentary on a combined track. For translation purposes, a transcript of the commentary is included on this page.
SYNOPSIS: American troops are driving bulldozers through the South Vietnam jungle for two reasons-- to discover Viet Cong hideouts and tunnels, and empty them of Communist infiltrators...and to make it possible for the South Vietnamese civilians to cultivate the land. When these men of the army's 60th Clearing Company--they call themselves "the Jungle Eaters"--have left the area, they hope it will be safe for farmers. In the past month and a half they've been operating in the Duc Huey area, 25 miles northwest of Saigon. This and has been cleared by US bombing and napalm, as well as the bulldozers. But there's still enough jungle to conceal Viet Cong.
The bulldozers are known as "Rome Flowers"--they weigh 27 tons, and not much stands in their way.
These bulldozers are hoping to put an end to this through. The GI's find the bunkers, and the bulldozers destroy them--that's the theory.
Occasional difficulties arise the operation, such as when the bulldozers run into peasant gardens, or through graveyards. The Land Clearing men aren't always very popular, but as soon as their bulldozers move out, the ox-carts move in.