• Short Summary

    About three thousand refugees and villagers have been leaving the South Vietnamese village of Ha Lam, under attack from North Vietnamese heavy artillery.

  • Description

    About three thousand refugees and villagers have been leaving the South Vietnamese village of Ha Lam, under attack from North Vietnamese heavy artillery. The bombardment - in which 130 millimetre guns were used by the communists - was seen by South Vietnamese military experts as a prelude to a major infantry attack.

    The Government had told the refugees - many of whom had fled to the village from Que Son valley - that they would be safe in Ha Lam, but a mood of near - panic was brought about when militiamen detailed to defend the village were seen leaving. The communist attack brought the usual personal tragedies: one Vietnamese soldier and his wife learnt that all their relatives - parents, brothers and sisters on both sides - had died in the bombardment.

    Some Soldiers did stay on - provided the price was right - and one local merchant bribed the driver of an army truck to take his goods away for him.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA592NHHX6JF0YKBOZ1UMCXZ8NN
    Media URN:
    VLVA592NHHX6JF0YKBOZ1UMCXZ8NN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/08/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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