• Short Summary

    Reports from Saigon say that the United States military commander in South Vietnam, General Creighton Abrams, is expected to give up his post soon.

  • Description

    1.
    Weyand out of helicopter and meets South vietnamese Army colonel
    6 ft

    2.
    Weyand shakes hands with South Vietnam troops
    9 ft

    3.
    Cutaway
    10 ft

    4.
    Talking to another Vietnamese officer
    16 ft

    5.
    Weyand inside helicopter
    17 ft

    6.
    Aerial view forest
    19 ft

    7.
    Weyand at artillery base
    27 ft'

    8.
    Weyand inspecting guns
    32 ft

    9.
    Weyand walks through camp
    38 ft

    10.
    Weyand talks to Vietnamese and US adviser
    46 ft

    11.
    Inspectors mortar
    51 ft

    12.
    Examining recoilless rifle
    62 ft



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Reports from Saigon say that the United States military commander in South Vietnam, General Creighton Abrams, is expected to give up his post soon. General Abrams, who is 57, has been dogged by ill health this year.

    His successor is almost certain to be General Frederick C. Weyand, the only other four-start American general in South Vietnam. He got his promotion last month.

    General Weyand (pronounced eye-und) is a 54-year-old Californian who began his military career at a university officers training unit instead of the West Point Academy, the traditional breeding ground for American army generals.

    His present job is presiding over the liquidation of the American presence in South Vietnam. On film he is seen on a typical day's activities in Tay Ninh Province making the rounds of bases which are now in the hands of the Vietnamese.

    The general had a distinguished career in the Korean war. In 1962, he was the Pentagon's representative for the Army as they chief liaison officer with Congress in Washington.

    In 1968, as the American commander in the Saigon area, he was credited with foreseeing the Vietcong's offensive of that year and blunting the attacks on the city. His critics also claim that in rooting out Communist snipers General Weyand's troops used indiscriminate force in Saigon.

    Last year he had a spell as the military adviser to the American delegation to the Vietnam peace talks in Paris before his posting back to his present job in South Vietnam.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA550QV20TQA40QZC6D9N7HBDBU
    Media URN:
    VLVA550QV20TQA40QZC6D9N7HBDBU
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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