American air strikes are still being used daily in the battle for control on Quang Tri city.
American air strikes are still being used daily in the battle for control on Quang Tri city. Lately, house-to-house fighting has bogged down the South Vietnamese attempt to recapture the provincial capital, which has been in communist hands since the beginning of May.
In the early stages of the fighting to retake the city, the South vietnamese had expected fierce resistance from strongly entrenched communist forces, but conflicting reports from inside the city indicated at times that the citadel -- and ancient fortress -- had been overrun by Government troops. This later proved to be untrue, and crack South Vietnamese commandos are now said to be clearing pockets of resistance using knives and grenades while rangers and marines are concentrating on mopping up communist positions on the fringes of the city itself.
South Vietnamese officers plan to secure the entire province, rather than just recapture the city and leave themselves open to communist shelling. The brunt of the fringe fighting is being done in the bush areas around the southern sections of Quang Tri. The open ground has taken heavy tools on the South Vietnamese, although they claim to be making steady progress in the overall battle.