• Short Summary

    AMERICAN TROOPS PREPARING FRO A BIG BATTLE WITH NORTH VIETNAMESE FORCES REPORTED TO BE MASSING IN THE NORTH EASE CORNER OF SOUTH VIETNAM HAVE EVACUATED HUNDREDS OF VIETNAMESE CIVILIANS FROM THE MOUNTAIN TOWN OF KHE SANH.

  • Description


    AMERICAN TROOPS MOVING THROUGH KHE SANH VALLEY; FIRING RIFLES AND MORTARS; PRISONERS; BURNING VILLAGE; OLD WOMAN BEGGING TROOPS TO PUT OUT FIRES.



    NEWS FLASH: A CABLE SERVICE MESSAGE JUST RECEIVED SAYS THE NORTH VIETNAMESE, LAST NIGHT (WEDNESDAY), LAUNCHED A MAJOR OFFENSIVE BY POUNDING THE U.S. BASE AT KHE SANH WITH HEAVY SHELLING FOR THREE HOURS.




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    Background: AMERICAN TROOPS PREPARING FRO A BIG BATTLE WITH NORTH VIETNAMESE FORCES REPORTED TO BE MASSING IN THE NORTH EASE CORNER OF SOUTH VIETNAM HAVE EVACUATED HUNDREDS OF VIETNAMESE CIVILIANS FROM THE MOUNTAIN TOWN OF KHE SANH. THE NORTH VIETNAMESE ARE SAID TO BE DUG-IN ON HILLS NEAR THE U.S. MARINE BASE AT KHE SANH, WHICH IS ONLY 18 MILES (28 KMS) SOUTH OF THE NORTH VIETNAMESE BORDER.

    MOSE OF KHE SANH'S INHABITANTS ARE MONTAGNARDS, MOUNTAIN TRIBESMEN WHO THOUGHT THE TOWN MORE SECURE THAN THEIR VILLAGES ON STILTS IN THE SURROUNDING HILLS CLOSE TO THE LAOTIAN BORDER WHILE MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO WERE IN KHE SANH TOWN ITSELF HAVE NOW BEEN EVACUATED, THE MAJORITY OF THE 10,000 POPULATION IN THE KHE SANH VALLEY, A EMOTE GREEN-CARPETED AREA SURROUNDED BY MIST-SHROUDED MOUNTAINS, HAVE REMAINED.

    A TOTAL OF 103 NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS ARE CLAIMED TO HAVE BEEN KILLED IN A CLASH WITH U.S. MARINES EVEN MILES (11 KMS) NORTH WEST OF KHE SANH ON SUNDAY. THE AMERICAN PUT THEIR OWN LOSSES AT TWO DEAD AN 29 WOUNDED. U.S. TROOPS IN THE AREA NOW TOTAL ABOUT 5,000. HOWEVER, IT'S BELIEVED THAT AT LEAST 20,000 NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS ARE NOW MASSING IN THE KHE SANH AREA IN READINESS FRO A HUGE BATTLE.

    A CAPTURED NORTH VIETNAMESE OFFICER IS REPORTED TO HAVE TOLD HIS INTERROGATORS THAT THE NORTH VIETNAMESE BUILD-UP AROUND KHE SANH IS BEING DIRECTED BY THE HANOI DEFENCE MINISTRY WHICH IS HEADED BY GENERAL VO NGUYEN GIAP, WHO LED THE VICTORY OVER THE FRENCH AT DIEN BIEN PHU.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA87MZ9NB6MESOMRW50T7ZYMRA6
    Media URN:
    VLVA87MZ9NB6MESOMRW50T7ZYMRA6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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