• Short Summary

    The 5-day battle between the forces of communist Captain Kong Lae and pro-Western General Phoumi Nosavan for the Laotian capital of Vientiane, left the city almost completely in ruins.

  • Description

    The 5-day battle between the forces of communist Captain Kong Lae and pro-Western General Phoumi Nosavan for the Laotian capital of Vientiane, left the city almost completely in ruins. Soldiers and other workers have been hard at work clearing debris from shattered houses, shops and markets.

    Among many prominent buildings badly damaged during the bombardment were the American Embassy and the Laotian Ministry of Defence.

    Many refugees have returned to live in damaged houses - nearly 500 families fled the town during the shelling. Soldiers have begun to replace electric and telephone cables, and other installations.

    Governments of Thailand, South Vietnam and Taiwan have all sent supplies of food and other necessities to Vientiane. Medical personnel have also been flown to the area.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5ZFVHCDXQ7IJJUAJHVIM0P0YG
    Media URN:
    VLVA5ZFVHCDXQ7IJJUAJHVIM0P0YG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/12/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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