• Short Summary

    The American forces are moving back into Khe Sanh, the hill-top base in the mountainous north west corner of South Vietnam from which they withdrew two years ago after one of the fiercest battles of the war in South East Asia.

  • Description

    The American forces are moving back into Khe Sanh, the hill-top base in the mountainous north west corner of South Vietnam from which they withdrew two years ago after one of the fiercest battles of the war in South East Asia.

    In the present operation, there has been no resistance from the Viet-Cong or the North Vietnamese, but Americans have been injured by mines planted round the area by their own forces two years ago.

    The casualties from Khe Sanh are being flown out in ambulance helicopters.

    The transport aircraft bringing in the new equipment and personnel (CI30s) are finding it difficult to land on the soft dirt runway. Their tyres are cutting deep ruts and engineers are working all out to compress and harden the runway so that the operation can be speeded up.

    The re-occupation of Khe Sanh is seen as the first stage in a new assault on the Ho Chi Minh trail, the North Vietnamese supply route through neutral Laos. Khe Sanh is only a few miles from the Laotian border.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6SML8YLPRI7CRNH8ZOCRNU9HE
    Media URN:
    VLVA6SML8YLPRI7CRNH8ZOCRNU9HE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/02/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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