Republic of China commandoes, who constantly make effective, harassing raids on the coastal provinces of the Communist-held mainland, have just completed simulated maneuvers along with American troops on their own island of Taiwan.
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2 shots: Paratroops dropping from planes
U.S. ambassador Jerauld Wright flanked by Rep. of China Gen. Chen (left) & U.S.A. Gen. Charles D'Orsa (right)
Pan shot showing several hundred paratroopers in air
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2 shots; troops landing
airdropped jeep races to pick up supplies
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U.S. officer directs troop movement by telephone field
Plane drops more troops
Official observe exercise
Helicopter scurries over field
Officers direct troops
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Chinese & U.S. troops meet after securing area
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Background: Republic of China commandoes, who constantly make effective, harassing raids on the coastal provinces of the Communist-held mainland, have just completed simulated maneuvers along with American troops on their own island of Taiwan.
It was the sixth time in the past ten years that Sino-American forces have participated in Operation Sky Soldier. The operation began after a joint naval force in the Taiwan Straits softened up positions held by an imaginary invaded. Nine days of realistic field training ended with this airborne phase of the exercise. While U.S. ambassador to China Jerauld Wright and officers of both nations looked sky-ward, 6,000 paratroopers dropped from American and Chinese transport planes.
Free Chinese troops and the U.S. 183rd Airborne Brigade from Okinawa took the role of defending forced. Other Free Chinese and Americans of the 25th Infantry based on Hawaii played the part of the invaders.
The purpose of Operation Sky Soldier was to test logistics, communications and Sino-American co-ordination in field situations. Junior officers of both nations were given operational commands to broaden their field experience. Jet fighter planes provided air cover. And helicopters, which have played such a big role in current, actual fighting in Southeast Asia, provided mobility for the troops after they chuted into this area of central Taiwan. Referees said all units had proved their combat readiness.
This link-up of American and Chinese troops marked the successful conclusion of the sixth version of Operation Sky Soldier.