Although recent developments in the Vietnam war have indicated that peace is in sight, the United States has not eased up on its arms shipments to South Vietnam.
Although recent developments in the Vietnam war have indicated that peace is in sight, the United States has not eased up on its arms shipments to South Vietnam. Guns, armoured vehicles, aircraft and helicopters have all been shipped recently.
This NBC film was compiled by covering some of the shipments as they left the USA, and as they arrived in South Vietnam. US government resources refused to comment on the shipments, and on occasions tried to prevent the film being shot.
SYNOPSIS: At Oakland, in California, there is no sign that the Vietnam war may be near to ending. This is the port from which much of the United States military aid to Vietnam is shipped.
The Government won't confirm that equipment is still being sent, but this was the scene at Oakland.
The equipment being loaded included guns as well as armoured vehicles, and many unmarked boxes. Meanwhile, at Travis airforce base in North California, heavily loaded cargo planes have been setting off in the direction of Vietnam.
At Saigon airport, similar aircraft have been landing, and unloading their cargo, in security and secrecy, almost as strict as that surrounding the peace talks aimed at ending the war.
But the cargo cannot be disguised, although the United States government steadfastly refused to comment - and, indeed, tried to prevent this film being made.
Chinook helicopters are among the equipment being imported. Many of the aircraft are still in protective cocoons. The Americans have said they are bringing in aircraft for the South Vietnamese air force, though it is known that no South Vietnamese pilots have yet been trained to fly them.
While American troops are looking forward to the day when they can leave Vietnam, the equipment still comes in.