• Short Summary

    FRONTLINE PICTURES OF THE INDIAN PAKISTAN CONFLICT SHOT BY VISNEWS CAMERAMAN PREM PRAKASH WHO VISITED THE HAJI PIR PASS AREA OF KASHMIR, ABOUT 40-MILES (64 KMS) WEST OF SRINAGAR FROM THE 6-8TH SEPTEMBER.

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    INDIAN TROOPS AND FRIENDLY KASHMIRI VILLAGERS HELPING TO CARRY SUPPLIES UP THE STEEP-SIDED MOUNTAIN SLOPES; MULES CARRYING DISMANTLED PARTS OF 25-POUNDER GUNS; INDIAN TROOPS ASSEMBLING THE GUNS AND PUTTING DOWN AN INTENSE ARTILLERY BARRAGE; ADVANCING AND RAISING THE INDIAN FLAG OVER THE PASS; AND FILM SHOT ON 10TH SEPTEMBER OF INDIAN FRONTLINE CASUALTIES BEING EVACUATED BY HELICOPTER.




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    Available on Beta NX 199
    EDITORS: THIS FILM WAS SUBJECT TO INDIAN GOVERNMENT CENSORSHIP. IT REACHED LONDON TODAY.

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    Background: FRONTLINE PICTURES OF THE INDIAN PAKISTAN CONFLICT SHOT BY VISNEWS CAMERAMAN PREM PRAKASH WHO VISITED THE HAJI PIR PASS AREA OF KASHMIR, ABOUT 40-MILES (64 KMS) WEST OF SRINAGAR FROM THE 6-8TH SEPTEMBER. THE INDIAN FORCES WERE CONSOLIDATING THEIR HOLD ON THE PASS WHICH THEY CLAIMED TO HAVE CAPTURED A FEW DAYS EARLIER.

    THE HAJI PIR PASS WAS DESCRIBED BY INDIA'S DEFENCE MINISTER AS THE 'MAIN ROUTE' THROUGH WHICH THE GUERRILLAS HAD INFILTRATED INTO INDIAN-HELD KASHMIR. INDIAN OFFICIALS ALSO DESCRIBED THE PASS AS THE 'NERVE CENTRE' FOR PAKISTANI MOVEMENTS IN THE URI - POONCH AREA.

    THE TERRAIN IN THE AREA OF THE PASS IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. THE PASS ITSELF RISES TO 8,600 FEET (3,870 METRES). OUR CAMERAMAN HAD TO UNDERTAKE A TWO DAY CLIMB WITH UNITS OF THE INDIAN ARMY BEFORE OBTAINING THESE PICTURES.

    ACCORDING TO OUR CAMERAMAN THE SUCCESS OF THE OPERATION WAS DUE LARGELY TO THE ACCURACY OF THE ARTILLERY BARRAGE, AND IN NO SMALL MEASURE TO THE HELP GIVEN BY THE KASHMIRI VILLAGERS IN GETTING SUPPLIES THROUGH.

    THE PASS IS ABOUT FIVE MILES SOUTH OF THE KASHMIR CEASEFIRE LINE IN THE URI SECTOR, BUT ABOUT 20-MILES WEST OF THE CEASEFIRE LINE AS IT RESUMES ITS GENERAL NORTH-SOUTH PATTERN. THUS IN CAPTURING THE PASS, INDIAN TROOPS ADVANCED 20-MILES (32 KMS) INTO PAKISTAN-HELD KASHMIR.

    THE OPERATION WAS PART OF A LARGER MOVE BY THE INDIAN ARMY AIMED AT LINKING UP THE TWO IMPORTANT CENTRES OF URI AND POONCH. BEFORE THE OPERATION WAS LAUNCHED, INDIAN TROOPS GOING FROM POONCH TO URI HAD TO TRAVEL APPROXIMATELY 418 MILES (674 KMS) AROUND THE 'BULGE' IN THE CEASEFIRE LINE AND VIA SRINAGAR. SINCE THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION AND THE CONSEQUENT STRAIGHTENING OF THE CEASEFIRE LINE, THIS DISTANCE HAS BEEN CUT TO 39 MILES (63 KMS).

    YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) AN INDIAN SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED THAT ON WEDNESDAY THEY HAD REPULSED THREE PAKISTANI COUNTER-ATTACKS AIMED AT INDIAN POSITIONS 'SOUTH OF URI', INFLICTING HEAVY CASUALTIES. HE SAID THAT INDIAN TROOPS WERE NOW IN CONTROL OF THE AREA NORTH OF POONCH, AND HAD CAPTURED A LARGE AMOUNT OF AMMUNITION AND EQUIPMENT.

    THE INDIAN TROOPS HAVE BUILT A TARMAC ROAD TO THEIR NEW POSITION ENSURING A GOOD SUPPLY ROUTE.

    WITH THE EXTREME DIFFICULTY OF THE TERRAIN, THE INDIANS ARE USING HELICOPTERS TO EVACUATE WOUNDED FROM THE FRONTLINE. THE WOUNDED ARE GIVEN FIRST AID ON THE SPOT, AND THEN TAKEN IN AMBULANCES TO THE HELICOPTER LANDING ZONES. FROM THERE THEY'RE AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL AWAY FROM THE FIGHTING AREAS IN THE RUSSIAN AND FRENCH HELICOPTERS WITH WHICH THE INDIAN ARMY IS LARGELY EQUIPPED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8ONCBFNUK69ZH63L6CGNUX3JS
    Media URN:
    VLVA8ONCBFNUK69ZH63L6CGNUX3JS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/09/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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