• Short Summary

    South Vietnamese marines have engaged well-entrenched North Vietnamese defenders in a bitter battle to regain control of Quang Tri citadel, lost in the enemy offensive of I May.

  • Description

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    GV EXT 175mm gun firing
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    SV Shell loaded into breech and gun fires (4 shots)
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    GV Smoke rising from air strike
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    SV Tank along road
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    GV Wreaked town
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    GV PAN APC along road and past camera
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    SV Stationary tanks and marines
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    GV Smoke rising in distance and tank moving up
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    REPORTER: "South Vietnamese 175-millimetre guns pointed their barrels at Quang Tri city, and opened fire. It appears the definite South Vietnamese drive to recapture the ruined capital of this country's northernmost province, is underway. The smoke over Quang Tri central fortress--the citadel--was caused by air strikes and artillery. Supported by tanks, South Vietnamese marines entered the citadel on Sunday. We could hear the fighting, even if we couldn't actually see it. The marines banned reporters from accompanying the operation inside the citadel. South Vietnamese forces have taken severe casualties in the three months of fighting for a city which is now militarily meaningless. The marines apparently want to avoid publicising the losses they still must take in the fight for central Quang Tri City."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: South Vietnamese marines have engaged well-entrenched North Vietnamese defenders in a bitter battle to regain control of Quang Tri citadel, lost in the enemy offensive of I May.

    Massive mortar and artillery bombardments from both sides have reduced the terrain around quang Tri--in the far north of South Vietnam--to a create-riddled waste land.

    Since the latest push into the fortress-like citadel, which started on Friday night, Saigon claims 938 North Vietnamese troops have died, while Government losses are put around 120 killed and 600 wounded.

    Reporter Tom Streithorst sends this story...an alternative commentary is provided overleap.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5PIZ4TYPJJPC99CVPITG0NEAL
    Media URN:
    VLVA5PIZ4TYPJJPC99CVPITG0NEAL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/09/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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