At Bo Loi Woods, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north-west of the South Vietnamese capital Saigon, the South Vietnamese army and their U.
At Bo Loi Woods, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north-west of the South Vietnamese capital Saigon, the South Vietnamese army and their U.S. allies are using fifty bulldozers in their fight against the Vietcong.
The machines clear the undergrowth and bush down to the bare earth, eliminating any possible hiding sports for the Vietcong. Intelligence reports say the Bo Loi woods are the hiding place of a North Vietnamese regiment.
SYNOPSIS: These are the Bo Loi woods, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north-west of the South Vietnamese capital, Saigon. Here the South Vietnamese and their Here the South Vietnamese and their American allies are using what they American allies are using what they regard as one of their most effective weapons of war--the bulldozer. The "dozers" first appeared in Vietnam four years ago, and since then they've levelled hundreds of acres of jungle. By stripping the land, the South Vietcong Vietnamese make it difficult for the Vietcong the find jungle hiding-places.
The operation began a week ago, involving units from both the U.S. Eleventh Armoured Cavalry Regiment, and the South Vietnamese 25th Division. Their sweep comes at a crucial time. Intelligence indicates that a North Vietnamese regiment is hiding out here, biding its time, say the Americans, before trying to disrupt the Presidential elections later this year. So far enemy contact has been light, although the bulldozers can clear as much as one hundred acres (40.5 hectares) a day. The operation will continue for day. The operation will continue for another month or so. Until it is over, the Bo Loi woods will remain a no-man's land.