• Short Summary

    UNITED STATES MARINES CONTINUE TO INSPECT BELEAGUERED OUTPOST AT KHE SANH FOR TUNNELS DUG INTO THE BASE BY VIET CONG TROOPS SURROUNDING IT.

  • Description

    UNITED STATES MARINES CONTINUE TO INSPECT BELEAGUERED OUTPOST AT KHE SANH FOR TUNNELS DUG INTO THE BASE BY VIET CONG TROOPS SURROUNDING IT.

    THE MARINES AT KHE SANH HAVE BEEN INSOLATED FOR MONTHS FROM OTHER FORCES IN SOUTH VIETNAM EXCEPT FOR THE DAILY FLIGHTS OF AIR FORCE CARGO PLANES. THE VIET CONG HAVE PERFECTED MORTAR ATTACKS SO THAT MANY OF THE AIRCRAFT AND HELICOPTERS LANDING AT KHE SANH, HOWEVER BRIEFLY, ARE HIT AND DISABLED OR DESTROYED.

    AN EQUAL THREAT TO THE OUTPOST IS THE CONSTANT EFFORT BY THE VIET CONG TO TUNNEL UNDER THE BASE. TO DETECT THESE DIGGING EFFORTS, THE MARINES ARE USING DIVINING RODS AND MEDICAL STETHOSCOPES.

    THE TROOPS WALK ALONG TRENCHES WITH THE RODS, WATCHING FOR A DOWNWARD DEFLECTION CAUSED BY THE VIBRATIONS OF THE UNDERGROUND DIGGING. ANOTHER DETECTION METHOD IS DRIVING A METAL BAR INTO THE GROUND NEAR WHERE A TUNNEL IS SUSPECTED, THEN PLACING A STETHOSCOPE ONTO THE BAR TO HEAR SOUNDS OF DIGGING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA56CQZ30OQYVLQ6TLH3II76ZBY
    Media URN:
    VLVA56CQZ30OQYVLQ6TLH3II76ZBY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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