• Short Summary

    With an estimated 30,000 Communist troops -- about five divisions -- massing to the north and west of Hue in South Vietnam, government forces have been strengthening their defences and keeping a sharp look out for North Vietnamese infiltrators in the old Imperial capital, just south of the demilitarized zone which separates the two Vietnamese.

  • Description

    With an estimated 30,000 Communist troops -- about five divisions -- massing to the north and west of Hue in South Vietnam, government forces have been strengthening their defences and keeping a sharp look out for North Vietnamese infiltrators in the old Imperial capital, just south of the demilitarized zone which separates the two Vietnamese.

    Well-trained combat police apprehended a number of suspected North Vietnamese soldiers in the city three days before the Communist troops attempted to thrust their way through defences to the northwest of the city.

    The line of defences withstood an attack on Monday (May 22) by about 3,000 North Vietnamese troops backed by Soviet-built tanks. Heavy South Vietnamese and United States artillery fire and airstrikes forced the attackers back and eight tanks were reported destroyed in what one South Vietnamese field officer described as the heaviest fighting since the fall of Quang Tri, the provincial capital, on May 1.

    SYNOPSIS: In Hue, the Imperial capital of South Vietnam, well-trained combat police have arrested a number of "civilians" suspected of being communist soldiers. The arrests came as nearly five North Vietnamese divisions....about thirty-thousand men....were massing to the north and west of the city.

    The South Vietnamese have been expecting the Communists to launch an all-out attack on Hue during the summit talks between the United States President Richard Nixon and Soviet leaders in Moscow this week. So the combat police have been keeping a sharp look-out for infiltrators.

    Later, the combat police confirmed that these "civilians" were, in fact, North Vietnamese soldiers. Meanwhile, the defence forces of Hue waited for the battle that some field officers say COULD decide the future of South Vietnam.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8GSSKL9BCSWYQ2C5STENNCXW1
    Media URN:
    VLVA8GSSKL9BCSWYQ2C5STENNCXW1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/05/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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