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.
MLV Bulldozer pushes down trees
CU Driver in cab of bulldozer
CU Blade of bulldozer
MV Bulldozer pushes over scrub
AERIAL V Cleared land (2 shots)
MV Bulldozer pushes down trees (2 shots)
CU Reporters on camera
MLV Bulldozer pushes down tree
CU Blade on bulldozer
MLV Bulldozers at work
MLV Bullock car
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 7): REPORTERS: "The men of the army's 60th Land Clearing Company call themselves "The Jungles-Eaters.' They sit on top of 27-ton rings known as 'Rome Flowers' which can knock down brush, trees and anything else that gets in the way. In the past month and a half, they've been operating in the Duc Huey area, about 25 miles northwest of Saigon. Although this land has been raked over repeatedly by U.S. bombing and napalm strikes, and sprayed with defoliants, there's still enough jungle left to hide the enemy. The Flowers have been moved in to sweep away the remaining hiding places both above and below the ground. This is what the Land Clearing Company has been finding--entrances to tunnels like this one and enemy bunker complexes. They say there are literally thousands of them out here. Most of the tunnels and bunkers are at least five years old, but the g.i.'s say they are still useable, and if the enemy did want to use them he could hide an entire division in this general area. Sometimes the Flowers run into peasant gardens and graveyards, and this angers the people who live in the area. But many peasants have benefited form the land-clearing operation, by selling the uprooted trees for firewood and farming the up-rooted land. The G.I.'S say as soon as their Flowers move out of a cleared area the ox-carts move in."
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Background: 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.