• Short Summary

    ABOUT 900 TROOPS OF THE SECOND BATTLE GROUP, US 503RD INFANTRY COMBAT TEAM STATIONED ON OKINAWA, JUMPED OUT FROM 15 AIR TRANSPORTS AT 8 A.

  • Description

    1.
    MLS. AREA OF EXERCISE
    3 ft

    2.
    MS. COL. MCMAHON (CENTRE) MAJ. GEN YU PO YIN
    3 1/2 ft

    3.
    LS. PARATROOPERS DROPPED
    11 ft

    4.
    MS. SMOKE SIGNAL AND OFFICER
    13 1/2 ft

    5.
    LS. PARATROOPERS DROPPED (2 SHOTS)
    20 ft

    6.
    MLS. PARAMEN
    23 ft

    7.
    MS. OFFICER
    24 ft

    8.
    LS. HEAVY EQUIPMENT DROPPED
    27 ft

    9.
    MS. OBSERVERS
    29 ft

    10.
    MLS. SCOUTS
    30 1/2 ft

    11.
    MLS. CHINESE TROOPS ADVANCING (2 SHOTS)
    37 ft

    12.
    MS. AMERICAN SOLDIERS ADVANCING (2 SHOTS)
    45 1/2 ft

    13.
    MS. SIGNAL CORPS
    47 ft

    14.
    MS. TROOPS IN ACTION.
    53 ft



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    Background: ABOUT 900 TROOPS OF THE SECOND BATTLE GROUP, US 503RD INFANTRY COMBAT TEAM STATIONED ON OKINAWA, JUMPED OUT FROM 15 AIR TRANSPORTS AT 8 A.M. ON SEPTEMBER 25 OVER PINGTUNG IN SOUTH TAIWAN TO START THE SINO-AMERICAN COMBINED AIRBORNE OPERATION EXERCISE.

    THE PURPOSE OF THE FIRST SINO-AMERICAN AIRBORNE FIELD MANEUVER EVER TO BE HELD IN TAIWAN IS TO BRUSH UP THE COMBINED AIRBORNE COMBAT CAPABILITY OF THE PARATROOPERS OF THE TWO COUNTRIES.

    THE FIELD MANEUVER, DUBBED OPERATION SKY SOLDIERS, IS SCHEDULED TO LAST EIGHT DAYS. COLONEL ROBERT E. MCMAHON, COMMANDER OF THE BATTLE GROUP, ACTS AS EXERCISE COORDINATOR.

    MAJOR GENERAL YU PO YIN IS THE COMMANDER OF THE CHINESE AIRBORNE INFANTRY GROUP.

    SHORTLY AFTER THE LANDING MADE BY THE AMERICAN PARATROOPERS, AIR TRANSPORTS INCLUDING C-124s AND C-130s REACHED THE EXERCISE AREA TO DROP TRUCKS, JEEPS, HOWITZERS, MORTARS AND OTHER KINDS OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THE PARATROOPERS' INLAND OPERATIONS. RATIONS WERE ALSO DROPPED.

    THE AMERICAN PARATROOPERS ATTACKED THREE TARGET AREAS AS SOON AS THEY HAD EFFECTED THE LANDING. THERE THEY MET THE CHINESE PARATROOPS WHO LANDED AT LIKANG NEAR PINGTUNG.

    A TOTAL OF 33 C-46s AND C-119s CARRIED THE CHINESE AIRBORNE UNITS WHICH JOINED THE U.S. PARATROOPERS IN PINGTUNG.

    ACCORDING TO THE SCENARIO OF THE EXERCISE, THE AIRBORNE TROOPS OF THE TWO COUNTRIES HAVE TO SEIZE STRONG POINTS IN PINGTUNG IN ORDER TO PREVENT THE "ENEMY" FROM SENDING REINFORCEMENTS TO KAOHSIUNG WHERE A POWERFUL ALLIED FORCE HAS LANDED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7EBJEQ8V3I118XU60F06N5FAS
    Media URN:
    VLVA7EBJEQ8V3I118XU60F06N5FAS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/09/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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