• Short Summary

    Two villages northeast of Saigon came under attack by South Vietnamese troops Friday (8 December), as the Government troops attempted to rout Orth Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces believed responsible for the rocket attack on Tan Son Nhut airbase, earlier in the week (6 December).

  • Description

    Two villages northeast of Saigon came under attack by South Vietnamese troops Friday (8 December), as the Government troops attempted to rout Orth Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces believed responsible for the rocket attack on Tan Son Nhut airbase, earlier in the week (6 December).

    Field reports indicated that an estimated two companies of North Vietnamese infantrymen in support of a Viet Cong rocket unit were entrenched in bunkers between the two villages in the Dong An area. The two villages were a more 200 yards (metres) apart.

    The fighting began around dawn, and when the Government troops had retaken the village complex late in the day, official reports listed 22 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong killed. Five South Vietnamese soldiers were listed as killed and seven wounded.

    SYNOPSIS: An early morning attack by South Vietnamese troops on the villages in the Dong An area, northeast of Saigon, sent villagers running for cover, on Friday. The Government troops were attempting to rout entrenched North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces, believed responsible for the rocket attack on Tan Son Nhut airbase, earlier in the week.

    Twenty-two North Vietnamese and Viet Cong were reported killed in the attack. Five South Vietnamese soldiers were listed as killed, with seven wounded.

    At the time when Government forces were clearing the last bunker, the villagers were returning to sift through the wreckage for those belongings they could salvage. The entire Government operation took less than ten hours, but left the villagers with the long task of rebuilding their homes.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA613MKPTSECELR7556VW18Y915
    Media URN:
    VLVA613MKPTSECELR7556VW18Y915
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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