• Short Summary

    INDIAN ARMY UNITS STATIONED IN LADAKH, ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF KASHMIR, HAVE ONE OF THE MOST ISOLATED AND UNCOMFORTABLE POSITIONS IN THE WORLD.

  • Description

    INDIAN ARMY UNITS STATIONED IN LADAKH, ON THE EASTERN SIDE OF KASHMIR, HAVE ONE OF THE MOST ISOLATED AND UNCOMFORTABLE POSITIONS IN THE WORLD. THEY ARE THERE TO WATCH THE "LINE OF ACTUAL CONTROL", THE DEMARCATION LINE BETWEEN TERRITORY OCCUPIED BY INDIAN TROOPS AND TERRITORY OCCUPIED BY TROOPS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. THIS IS ONE OF THE KEY AREAS IN THE CONFRONTATION ALONG THE DISPUTED FRONTIER BETWEEN INDIA AND CHINA, AND WAS ONE OF THE PLACES WHERE FIGHTING OCCURRED IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER 1962.

    THE ONLY ROAD BY WHICH SUPPLIES CAN REACH THE INDIAN FORCES OVERLAND, FROM SRINAGAR, THE CAPITAL OF KASHMIR, IS BLOCKED BY SNOW FOR HALF THE YEAR. THEN, EVERYTHING THEY NEED, ARMS AND EQUIPMENT, FOOD AN FUEL, HAS TO BE FLOWN IN.

    THEY ARE OCCUPIED IN CONSTANT PATROLLING, AND IN TRAINING IN THE SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF MOUNTAIN WARFARE. THEY ARE LIVING AT HEIGHT OF ABOUT 15-THOUSAND FEET (4 1/2 THOUSAND METRES) AND SOME OF THEIR OBSERVATION POSTS ARE AS MUCH AS 20-THOUSAND FEET (6,100 METRES) UP IN THE PEAKS. A TEAM OF DOCTORS, PSYCHIATRISTS AND OTHER SCIENTISTS ARE TAKING THE OPPORTUNITY OF MAKING A THOROUGH STUDY OF THE EFFECTS OF HIGH ALTITUDE.

    THIS REPORT, BY VISNEWS CAMERAMAN PREM PRAKASH, SHOWS THE SUPPLY ROUTE BY ROAD; MEN UNLOADING SUPPLIES FLOWN IN; MEN ON PATROL NEAR THE "LINE OF ACTUAL CONTROL"; THE MEMORIAL TO THE MEN WHO FELL AT CHUSHUL IN THE 1962 FIGHTING; A TRAINING EXERCISE; AND THE HIGH ALTITUDE TESTS BEING CARRIED OUT BY THE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH TEAM. IT INCLUDES A STATEMENT BY COLONEL BANERJEE, THE ARMY DOCTOR IN CHARGE OF THIS RESEARCH (TEXT IS INCLUDED IN COMMENTARY).

    THERE IS NATURAL SOUND THROUGHOUT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6TQR8AF4ONYIH8VOO6G94F5WG
    Media URN:
    VLVA6TQR8AF4ONYIH8VOO6G94F5WG
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:06:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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