South Vietnamese Marines, during their retreat from Quang Tri cit, blow u two bridges just north of by Chanh on Thursday (4 May) in an effort to a North Vietnamese advance on Hue.
Bridges burning at My Chanh as South Vietnamese Marines look on, Military Police in Hue checking papers and loading soldiers onto trucks, refugees, boarded-up shops and quiet streets.
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Background: South Vietnamese Marines, during their retreat from Quang Tri cit, blow u two bridges just north of by Chanh on Thursday (4 May) in an effort to a North Vietnamese advance on Hue. the ancient provincial capital which is now said to be one of the prime objectives of the month-old offensive.
There is evidence of Considerable North Vietnamese strength around My Chanh, and South Vietnamese forces have pulled back across the rive in case of a possible assault within the next few days.
In Hue, there have bene reports of widespread looting and desertion among South Vietnamese troops. Many of them escaped from Quang Tri before the NVA fores overran the city and had to travel without papers. Any soldier found without movement orders is questioned by military police and taken to Hue's military centre for assignment to another unit. There has been no mass purge on deserters, the South Vietnamese military command merely reassigns them to he battle front.
Local officials say hat civil order in the city has collapsed. Many of the people have already left he city -- not wanting to be left it the North Vietnamese arrive for another occupation. In 1968 the north Vietnamese occupied Hue for 21 days and massacred the sands of civilians. Many of those left have not forgotten.