• Short Summary

    In Washington yesterday (Wednesday February 24) senior army officers briefed reporters on the South Vietnamese operation in Laos, which the United States is backing.

  • Description

    In Washington yesterday (Wednesday February 24) senior army officers briefed reporters on the South Vietnamese operation in Laos, which the United States is backing. Lieutenant General John Vogt (pronounced Vote) pointed out details of the operation on a large-scale map. The Defence Secretary, Mr. Melvin Laird, watched the briefing and later answered questions. He told reporters he believed the operation had been successful.

    Meanwhile in Laos, the operation itself continued. Although the fighting on the ground appeared to be stalled and the situation somewhat confused, the air war want to unabated. United States and South Vietnamese helicopters had flown nearly 12,000 sorties over Laos in little more than two weeks. Every day helicopters attack North Vietnamese positions and every day they are shot at by radar-controlled North Vietnamese anti-aircraft guns. The air operation has done much to keep the whole Laos operation going. The cost has been high. Scores of helicopters have been lost. Many aircrew have been killed. But the battle goes on.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA561HE2J9N70RIZNXKTJP027RN
    Media URN:
    VLVA561HE2J9N70RIZNXKTJP027RN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/02/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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