• Short Summary

    NORTH VIETNAMESE PRESIDENT HO CHI MINH WILL SOON BE SHOWED WITH COPIES OF A LETTER WRITTEN TO HIM BY NORTH VIETNAMESE AND VIET CONG DEFECTORS IN WHICH THEY STATE THAT THEY WERE MISLED WHEN THEY VOLUNTEERED TO FIGHT AGAINST THE AMERICANS IN SOUTH VIETNAM.

  • Description

    NORTH VIETNAMESE PRESIDENT HO CHI MINH WILL SOON BE SHOWED WITH COPIES OF A LETTER WRITTEN TO HIM BY NORTH VIETNAMESE AND VIET CONG DEFECTORS IN WHICH THEY STATE THAT THEY WERE MISLED WHEN THEY VOLUNTEERED TO FIGHT AGAINST THE AMERICANS IN SOUTH VIETNAM.

    THE DEFECTORS, RANGING IN AGE FROM 12 TO 30, WERE AMONG THOSE WHO WERE REPORTED TO HAVE DESERTED FROM THE NORTH VIETNAMESE QUYET THANG REGIMENT AT CAY THI ON JUNE 18 - CLAIMED TO BE THE LARGEST SINGLE DEFECTION OF THE WAR. THE YOUNGEST DEFECTOR WAS 12-YEARS-OLD NGUYEN VAN THANG.

    AT A CEREMONY IN SAIGON'S CITY HALL, THE DEFECTORS PRESENTED A COPY OF THE LETTER TO MINISTER NGUYEN VAN AN. ALSO PRESENT WAS SAIGON MILITARY GOVERNOR, GENERAL MINH.

    THE LETTER SAID THE GUERILLAS HAD RESPONDED ENTHUSIASTICALLY TO AN APPEAL BY PRESIDENT HO TO VOLUNTEER TO GO TO SOUTH VIETNAM AND KILL AMERICANS TO SAVE THE COUNTRY AND FREE THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE PEOPLE FROM THE SLAVERY OF IMPERIALISM. IT ALSO SAID THEY HAD BEEN TOLD THAT THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE WOULD SUPPORT AND HELP THEM, THAT THE MORALE OF THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE FORCES WAS LOW AND THAT THE TROOPS WERE CRUEL TO PRISONERS.

    THE TEXT OF THE LETTER CONTINUED - "BUT UNCLE HO, ON THE CONTRARY, WHEREVER OUR TROOPS GO THE PEOPLE FLEE THEIR HOMES AND PROPERTY, DON'T HELP US ANY AT ALL THE FIGHTING SPIRIT OF THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE ARMY IS VERY HIGH AND THEY ARE KIND."
    COPIES OF THE LETTER WILL BE DROPPED OVER NORTH VIETNAM BY AMERICAN AIRCRAFT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5Y4DKRR5643KSH9DGV5PI5D0Z
    Media URN:
    VLVA5Y4DKRR5643KSH9DGV5PI5D0Z
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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