• Short Summary

    Elements of South Vietnamese parachute troops have taken up defensive position around Hue recently, in an effort to add to the city's protection against an expected communist attack.

  • Description

    Elements of South Vietnamese parachute troops have taken up defensive position around Hue recently, in an effort to add to the city's protection against an expected communist attack. The troops went out on patrol in the area around the city on Tuesday (16 May) as they began their operations in the region.

    The parachute troops were moved into the area from Pleiku when South Vietnam's President Thieu decided that the defence of the old imperial capital of Hue had a higher priority than the saving of Kontum or Pleiku.

    In their first offensive probe, the parachute troops moved west towards mountains where over a regiment of North Vietnamese troops were believed to be standing by. It's expected that the main attack on Hue will come from the west.

    The troops were covered by light howitzers as they moved along in their armoured personnel carriers. Although they encountered no communist troops, they did bog down in deep streams and had to pull themselves out.

    North Vietnamese pressure in the area around Hue increased on Wednesday (17 May). The nearby town of My Chanh received its heaviest pounding yet from communist 130-millimetre field guns. Some American officers have said that the field guns could make a success of a communist attack on Hue.

    SYNOPSIS: These South Vietnamese parachute troops were recently sent to Hue from Pleiku. They moved when South Vietnam's President Thieu decided that the defence of the old imperial capital of Hue had a higher priority than the saving of Kontum or Pleiku. And on Tuesday, some of them went out on their first patrol in the area. The attack on Hue is expected to come from the west, so these troops moved west towards mountains where over a regiment of North Vietnamese troops were believed to be waiting. The parachute troops were guarded by their own howitzers.

    The troops were in time to see bombs from a B-52 raid fall nearby.

    The troops found the streams were deeper than expected ad bogged down in the water.

    The soldiers used their armoured personnel carriers to pull the vehicles out of the streams.

    They continued to advance, but there was no sign of communist forces. As ammunition was plentiful, the soldiers machine-gunned the bushes trying to flush out the North Vietnamese. But there was no return fire. Pressure against Hue was increased on Wednesday when the nearby town of My Chan was hit by its heaviest artillery barrage yet.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA70J5B22BT7J9Z4BDRS8LJ3RZI
    Media URN:
    VLVA70J5B22BT7J9Z4BDRS8LJ3RZI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/05/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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