• Short Summary

    After two months of devastating attacks by the North Vietnamese, the provincial capital of An Loc in South Vietnam has been relieved - and the survivors of the siege have began to
    pour towards Saigon along Highway 13.

  • Description

    After two months of devastating attacks by the North Vietnamese, the provincial capital of An Loc in South Vietnam has been relieved - and the survivors of the siege have began to
    pour towards Saigon along Highway 13. This film, shot yesterday (Tuesday, June
    13), shows some of these refugees as they move along the escape route. Many
    including children - are seriously wounded. But they are reported to be the
    "lucky" ones - a rough, unofficial estimate says at least 3,000 civilians have
    died in An Loc.

    Filmed about 5 miles (8 kilometres) north of Chon Thanh - where South Vietnamese
    had artillery bases for shelling the V.C. Highway 13 positions - the film also
    shows ARVN troops and damaged tanks; dead and wounded soldiers; other troops
    helping refugees eat, wash and board lorries.

    Throughout, explosions and shelling are seen only a short distance away.

    SYNOPSIS: Highway thirteen in South Vietnam - south of the provincial capital of
    An Loc, which has just been relieved by ARVN troops after a two-month siege by
    the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong. On Tuesday, near Chon Thanh, the evidence of
    the devastating battle was still evident, as troops and survivors from An Loc
    moved South towards Saigon.

    North Vietnamese mortar and artillery fire are still hitting An Loc in the
    not-too-far distance, as South Vietnamese tanks take up new positions for
    attacking the Communist emplacements. A rough, unconfirmed estimate, says that
    at least three thousand civilians have died in An Loc - these are the so-called
    lucky ones....survivors of a devastation which has disseminated a whole
    population of what was once an important city.

    The numbers of the injured and destitute are innumerable. Reports indicate that
    at least ten thousand Communist troops took part in the attacks - which are
    estimated at having been in the region of one round of heavy fire every ninety
    seconds during the siege.

    While the relief and exodus operation was under way, South Vietnamese troops
    took time off from the battle to help the refugees on their way south.


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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6EUSQ9C21HB7NLLDC4RVATTXF
    Media URN:
    VLVA6EUSQ9C21HB7NLLDC4RVATTXF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/06/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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