• Short Summary

    South Vietnamese forces are taking measures to counter enemy activity before the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival in the middle of this month when, according to American and Saigon officials, the Communists are expected to launch an offensive.

  • Description

    1.
    Aerials showing bomb craters sin Central highlands
    4 ft

    2.
    LV Helicopters landing at Ben Het
    8 ft

    3.
    ARVN Rangers board helicopter
    11 ft

    4.
    LV Ben Het as helicopter takes off
    15 ft

    5.
    Montgnard families
    19 ft

    6.
    Children and teacher in school
    24 ft

    7.
    Tank to and past camera
    34 ft

    8.
    Aerial Ben Het as helicopter takes off
    38 ft

    9.
    Two aerial shots of Saigon
    48 ft

    10.
    Shot from boat as helicopter passes
    50 ft

    11.
    Patrol boat to camera
    52 ft

    12.
    Gunner on boat
    54 ft

    13.
    Tracking shot river bank
    58 ft

    14.
    Troops laying bared-wire trap in marshes
    61 ft

    15.
    Troops with dogs patrolling thru long grass
    66 ft

    16.
    Soldiers in paddle boat
    69 ft

    17.
    Watchtower PAN to boats tied up
    76 ft

    18.
    Boats and crew checked
    81 ft

    19.
    Holmsman on gunboat on river
    84 ft

    20.
    Tracking shot showing other gunboat on river
    87 ft



    Initials JT/WM



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: South Vietnamese forces are taking measures to counter enemy activity before the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival in the middle of this month when, according to American and Saigon officials, the Communists are expected to launch an offensive.

    The main attack ha been tipped for the Central Highlands where bomb craters bear testimony to the heavy bombing raids to stop the North Vietnamese supply build-up and infiltration.

    The base camp at Ben Het - in the tri-border area where South Vietnam, Laos and the Khmer Republic meet - is thought a likely target. But the Montagnard tribesmen who made up most of the firebase's population appear to show little concern at the reported Communist build-up only seven miles to the east.

    The role of the Ben Het defenders is termed 'surveillance and interdiction' - meaning preventing the Communists infiltrating and pushing through to the larger cities such as Kontum and Pleiku.

    Three hundred miles to the south, around Saigon, it is the navy which is doing much of the work to curb Communist activity. Gunboats are patrolling the myriad of waterways which the Vietcong used to bring in supplies for the devastating 1968 Tet offensive.

    The area shown on film is south-east of Saigon - the Kien Giang zone. It is within easy rocketing distance of Saigon: eight miles to the Independence Palace and even less to the big oil storage tanks.

    As troops carry out sweeps in the marshlands, the navy stop and search boats for contraband and question their crew about Communist movements -- all with the aim of ensuring that Saigon's population enjoy a peaceful Tet.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA56HC8NL6NK55VNHMM6IP95EGL
    Media URN:
    VLVA56HC8NL6NK55VNHMM6IP95EGL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/02/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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