• Short Summary

    NEARLY HALF THE 300 MEN DEFENDING THE GOVERNMENT DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS OF DAK SUT, ABOUT 300 MILES (483 KILOMETRES) NORTH OF SAIGON, ARE REPORTED TO HAVE FOUGHT THEIR WAY BACK TO SAFETY TODAY (SATURDAY) AFTER THE OUTPOST WAS OVERRUN BY THE VIETCONG TWO DAYS AGO.

  • Description

    NEARLY HALF THE 300 MEN DEFENDING THE GOVERNMENT DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS OF DAK SUT, ABOUT 300 MILES (483 KILOMETRES) NORTH OF SAIGON, ARE REPORTED TO HAVE FOUGHT THEIR WAY BACK TO SAFETY TODAY (SATURDAY) AFTER THE OUTPOST WAS OVERRUN BY THE VIETCONG TWO DAYS AGO.

    A U.S. SPOKESMAN SAID YESTERDAY THAT 250 OF THE ESTIMATED 300 DEFENDERS OF THE DAK SUT OUTPOST WERE BELIEVED MISSING. BUT TONIGHT, A SPOKESMAN SAID 142 OF THE MONTAGNARD MOUNTAIN TRIBE MERCENARIES, FORMING THE DEFENCE, HAD NOW RETURNED TO GOVERNMENT CONTROL. FIFTY HAD REACHED SAFETY WITH EIGHT OF THEIR AMERICAN ADVISERS, A FEW HOURS AFTER BREAKING OUT OF THE SHATTERED OUTPOST THROUGH A BATTALION-STRENGTH VIETCONG ATTACK. DURING YESTERDAY ANOTHER 92, AND A NINTH U.S. ADVISER, HAD STRAGGLED BACK.

    DAK SUT IS THE DISTRICT CAPITAL OF KONTUM. IN RECENT MONTHS IT HAS BEEN UNDER INTERMITTENT VIETCONG ATTACK. DAK SUT LIES IN A VALLEY REGARDED AS ONE OF THE MAIN ROUTES INTO SOUTH VIETNAM FOR NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS AND SUPPLIES. THE VIETCONG HAVE LONG WANTED TO CAPTURE CONTROL OF THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS BEFORE THE MONSOONS END. THE VIETCONG ESTIMATED AT BATTALION STRENGTH ATTACKED WITH MORTAR FIRE FROM A HILL BORDERING THE PERIMETER OF THE SPECIAL FORCES CAMP. THE AMERICANS AND THEIR MILITIA TROOPS HELD OUT FOR THREE HOURS FIGHTING FIERCELY AS THE VIETCONG BEGAN PENETRATING THE CAMP'S DEFENCES. WITHIN MINUTES, COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE CAMP WERE SEVERED. THREE AMERICAN AIRCRAFT WERE UNABLE TO BOMB THE ATTACKING VIETCONG UNITS BECAUSE OF BAD MONSOON WEATHER WHICH CLOSED IN.

    OVER THE LAST FOUR MONTHS, AT LEAST FIVE DISTRICT CAPITALS HAVE BEEN CAPTURED BY THE VIETCONG. THE DISTRICTS ARE ALL WITHIN KONTUM. ABOUT 75 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION OF KONTUM PROVINCE ARE MONTAGNARD TRIBESMEN. WITH THE FALL OF DAK SUT, IT LEAVES THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT FORCES IN CONTROL OF ONLY THREE OTHER MILITARY GARRISONS IN THE PROVINCE.

    MEANWHILE, GOVERNMENT FORCES ARE STILL IN CONTROL OF THE PROVINCIAL CAPITAL OF KONTUM. IN VIEW OF THE VIETCONG PLAN TO CAPTURE THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS, ARMED HELICOPTERS REGULARLY TAKE OFF FOR VIETCONG STRONGHOLDS NEARBY THE AREA TO ATTACK WITH ROCKETS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7QP4C3Z56UNCTSBXXIA287I2X
    Media URN:
    VLVA7QP4C3Z56UNCTSBXXIA287I2X
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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