• Short Summary

    A BIG VICTORY FOR GOVERNMENT FORCES IN SOUTH VIETNAM ON SUNDAY BROUGHT IN THE LARGEST HAUL OF WEAPONS EVER CAPTURED FROM THE VIETCONG.

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    A BIG VICTORY FOR GOVERNMENT FORCES IN SOUTH VIETNAM ON SUNDAY BROUGHT IN THE LARGEST HAUL OF WEAPONS EVER CAPTURED FROM THE VIETCONG. AMONG THE WEAPONS CAPTURE WERE: FIVE 50 CALIBRE ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS -- THERE WERE PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT SINCE THIS IS THE GUN MOST FEARED BY HELICOPTER CREWS; TWO 75MM RECOILLESS RIFLES; ONE 57MM RECOILLESS RIFLE; THREE 60MM MORTARS, AND A NUMBER OF OTHER SMALLER MORTARS. CAPTURED AT THE SAME TIME WERE DOCUMENTS WHICH,, WITH PRELIMINARY INTERROGATION OF PRISONERS, INDICATED THAT THE POSITION WAS A ZONAL HEADQUARTERS FOR THE VIETCONG IN WESTERN SOUTH VIETNAM.

    THE ATTACK ON THE REGION, ABOUT 90 MILES (145 KILOMETRES) SOUTH-WEST OF SAIGON, BEGAN ON SUNDAY MORNING. GOVERNMENT TROOPS WERE AIDED BY AMERICAN HELICOPTERS INT EH BATTLE, DURING WHICH 700 MEN WERE BROUGHT INTO THE BATTLE AREA BY THE GOVERNMENT FORCES AGAINST THE VIETCONG, ESTIMATED AT BETWEEN TWO AND FOUR BATTALIONS (ABOUT 1,500 MEN).

    AT FIRST THE BATTLE WEN AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT FORCES, WHO HAD BELIEVED THAT ONLY A SMALL FORCE OF VIETCONG WERE IN THE AREA. WHEN THE GOVERNMENT FORCES WERE PINNED DOWN, MORE MEN MOVED IN.

    CASUALTY FIGURES AS AVAILABLE FOR THE BATTLE CLAIM THAT AT LEAST 87 VIETCONG WERE KILLED, BUT THIS FIGURE COULD BE HIGHER SINCE THEY NORMALLY CARRY AWAY AS MANY DEAD AS POSSIBLE. GOVERNMENT FORCES ARE SAID TO HAVE LOST 11 MEN WITH 48 WOUNDED.

    SEVEN AMERICANS WERE WOUNDED, AND TWO AMERICAN HELICOPTERS WERE BROUGHT DOWN, ONE BY VIETCONG GUNFIRE, THE OTHER BY ENGINE TROUBLE.

    GENERAL NGUYEN VAN THIEU, THE VIETNAMESE FOURTH CORPS COMMANDER, TOLD REPORTERS: "THIS IS OUR ANSWER FOR THE BRINK."
    THE BRINK IS THE NAME OF THE U.S. OFFICERS BILLET IN SAIGON WHICH WAS BOMBED ON CHRISTMAS EVE, KILLING TWO AMERICANS AND WOUNDING 98 PERSONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA564FPKYLWCJ4WB3JWSGJ9078O
    Media URN:
    VLVA564FPKYLWCJ4WB3JWSGJ9078O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/12/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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