• Short Summary

    HIGH IN THE HIMALAYAS INDIA MEETS CHINA. IT WAS HERE, LAST YEAR, THAT FIGHTING TOOK?

  • Description

    HIGH IN THE HIMALAYAS INDIA MEETS CHINA. IT WAS HERE, LAST YEAR, THAT FIGHTING TOOK PLACE IN THE BORDER DISPUTE BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. BOTH SIDES LOST MANY LIVES, BECAUSE OF WEATHER CONDITIONS, AS MUCH AS THE FIGHTING.

    INDIAN TROOPS ARE NOW UNDERGOING EXTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMMES IN THE MOUNTAIN AREA IN CASE, ONCE AGAIN, THE REGION SHOULD BECOME A BATTLEFIELD. IT TAKES CONSIDERABLE TIME FOR THE MEN TO ACCLIMATISE THEMSELVES TO THE RARIFIED AIR, 18,000 FOOT ABOVE SEA LEVEL.

    EXERCISES IN THIS AREA ARE BOTH DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS. THE COUNTRY, THE MOST THINLY POPULATED ON EARTH, IS INHOSPITABLE. IN THE WINTER FROST BITE IS A CONSTANT ENEMY, AND IN SUMMER THE TEMPERATURE RARELY RISES ABOVE 77 FAHRENHEIT (13 CENTIGRADE)-CONDITIONS QUITE FOREIGN TO MANY OF INDIA'S TROOPS, RECRUITED MOSTLY IN THE TROPICAL DENSELY POPULATED SOUTH.

    MOST OF THE TROOPS NOW HAVE AUTOMATIC RIFLES RECEIVED FROM BRITAIN OR AMERICA DURING LAST YEAR'S DISPUTE. THE USE AND MAINTAINING OF THEIR WEAPONS PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THEIR TRAINING.

    A REMINDER OF LAST YEAR'S FIGHTING - MEMORIAL TO A COMPANY OF INDIAN SOLDIERS WHO WERE ALL KILLED IN ACTION ON THE RAZENGALA MOUNTAIN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5Z8S7FJF8UA5V6YQWHDFZLWAX
    Media URN:
    VLVA5Z8S7FJF8UA5V6YQWHDFZLWAX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/09/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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