American aircraft launched a massive attack on Tuesday (21 September) against missile and anti-aircraft sites 35 miles (56 kms) inside North Vietnam.
Air to Ground explosion on ground
Air to Ground ditto (Phuong Tio area)
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A to G. another bomb run on bridge (Phuong Tic area)
LV Missile on truck (camouflaged)
SV Along ditto
LV Missile ditto
LV Soldiers singing
SV Ditto with guitar
SV Men singing
LV Men singing & breakaway to take position for action
SV Inside hut, men look at radar screens
CU Soldier speaks into telephone
CU Soldier & screen (2 shots)
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LV Missile being swung into firing position.
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Background: American aircraft launched a massive attack on Tuesday (21 September) against missile and anti-aircraft sites 35 miles (56 kms) inside North Vietnam. A US Military command spokesman said dozens of supersonic jets took part in about 20 strikes.
This library film shows US aircraft in action against targets inside North Vietnam in 1968, before the official and of bombing as a art of American military strategy, on November 1, 1968; and it includes the first official North Vietnamese film of a missile unit in training shot in 1969.
SYNOPSIS: As United aircraft are reported to have launched a massive bombing raid on military installations in North Vietnam on Tuesday....a flashback to 1968, when such raids were part of the American policy for fighting the war.
American bombing of North Vietnam officially ended on the First of November, 1968. But since then the United States has continued to send spy planes over the North and has claimed the right to realists against any attempts to shot them down. The United States military spokesman who announced the bombing strikes said they were in retaliation against increased attacks on US spy planes.
Earlier raids were directed primarily against roads, bridges and other communications arteries. The raids of Tuesday, which began shortly after dawn and ended in the early afternoon, struck against anti-aircraft installations and missile sites. These were located in an area 35 miles north of the demilitarized zone, dividing North and South Vietnam.
This official film released by North Vietnam in 1969 showed for the first time a missile unit in training.
The missiles are surface-to-air weapons, launched from a trailer.
The US Military spokesman said that the North Vietnamese anti-aircraft installations had increased by 40 per cent over the past seven weeks. And he said that attacks on American spy planes had also increased, as had attacks on American combat aircraft attacking the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos.
Tuesday's raid against the sophisticated installations was the heaviest since the twenty-first of November last year, when about 250 combat and support aircraft raided military targets north of the buffer strip.
The military spokesmen said the strike force had suffered no losses - but he did not yet know what damage had been inflicted on the North Vietnamese position.