• Short Summary

    SHOULD THE WAR OF WORDS BEING WAGED BY PRESIDENT SOEKARNO OF INDONESIA WITH THE DUTCH OVER HIS CLAIM TO WEST NEW GUINEA ERUPT INTO A FULL-SCALE INVASION ATTEMPT, THE DUTCH AUTHORITIES, BACKED BY THE NATIVE PAPUANS, ARE CONFIDENT THEY CAN DEFEND THEMSELVES SUCCESSFULLY.

  • Description

    1.
    LS SEA ACROSS BIAK ISLAND.
    0.06

    2.
    MLS VILLAGE AND SHORE (2 SHOTS).
    0.14

    3.
    MS WOMEN AND CHILDREN.
    0.17

    4.
    MS MEN AND CHILDREN.
    0.20

    5.
    LS HOUSES ON STILTS (RUSTING TANK IN F/G.).
    0.24

    6.
    MS CHILDREN PLAYING.
    0.30

    7.
    MLS CHILDREN IN SCHOOL GROUND.
    0.33

    8.
    MS SCHOOLCHILDREN.
    0.35

    9.
    MS CHILDREN AND TEACHER.
    0.43

    10.
    MS VILLAGE ROAD.
    0.48

    11.
    LS PLANE FLIES OVER BASE.
    0.51

    12.
    MS SIGNBOARD AT BASE ENTRANCE.
    0.55

    13.
    MS PLANE ON GROUND (THREE SHOTS)
    1.05

    14.
    MS BARRACKS.
    1.09

    15.
    MCU BASE COMMANDER AND MAPS (2 SHOTS).
    1.19

    16.
    MS BASE ENTRANCE.
    1.21

    17.
    MLS FLAG AND BARRACKS.
    1.34



    Initials DD/S/MR/ES DD/S/MR/BB



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: SHOULD THE WAR OF WORDS BEING WAGED BY PRESIDENT SOEKARNO OF INDONESIA WITH THE DUTCH OVER HIS CLAIM TO WEST NEW GUINEA ERUPT INTO A FULL-SCALE INVASION ATTEMPT, THE DUTCH AUTHORITIES, BACKED BY THE NATIVE PAPUANS, ARE CONFIDENT THEY CAN DEFEND THEMSELVES SUCCESSFULLY.THE MAIN DEFENSIVE BLOWS WILL COME FROM THE MILITARY BASE ON BIAK ISLAND CLOSE TO NEW GUINEA AND ONLY 400 MILES FROM THE BORDER WITH INDONESIAN EAST MOLUCCU.

    IT WAS ON THIS ISLAND THAT AMERICAN FORCES LANDED IN MAY, 1944, AT MOKMER VILLAGE ON THE SOUTHERN SHORES, WHICH PROVED CRUCIAL TO THE OUTCOME OF THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC.WRECKED LANDING CRAFT REMAIN ON THE BEACHES AS RUSTED MEMORIALS OF THE BITTER FIGHTING AGAINST THE JAPANESE.THE PEOPLE OF THE VILLAGE ARE MAINLY FISHERMEN AND LIVE IN HOUSES BUILT ON STILTS OVER THE WATER.THE GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED SCHOOL IS RUN BY MISSIONARIES.BEHIND THE VILLAGE, NOW OVERGROWN BY JUNGLE, LIE THE CAVES WHERE JAPANESE DEFENDERS FOUGHT TO THE DEATH.

    BUT THE JUNGLE HAS NOT CLAIMED THE AIR BASE.DUTCH NAVAL AND AIR FORCE UNITS OPERATE THE BASE, WHICH HAS ONE OF THE LONGEST RUNWAYS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC.THE NAVAL STATION, COMMANDED BY CAPTAIN A.VAN ALTENA, CAN HANDLE LIGHT REPAIRS TO WARSHIPS.IT ALSO SERVES AS A LOGISTICS CENTRE WITH AMMUNITION DUMPS.FOOD, CLOTHING AND OTHER MILITARY SUPPLIES.THE PRESENT AIR FORCE ESTABLISHMENT COMPRISES TWO SQUADRONS OF HAWKER HUNTER JET FIGHTERS AND TRANSPORT PLANES.THE NAVAL AIR SECTION HAS A NUMBER OF NEPTUNE LONG RANGE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT WHICH MAKE REGULAR PATROLS OF THE WATERS SEPARATING INDONESIA FROM THE WEST AND SOUTH-WEST COAST OF NEW GUINEA.

    ON JAN 18 IT WAS REPORTED THAT PRESIDENT SOEKARNO WAS SEEKING PLANES AND SUPPLIES FROM RUSSIA, BUT FROM THE UNITED NATIONS CAME HOPE OF A PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OF THE DISPUTE.U.N.ACTING SECRETARY-GENERAL, U THANT, WHO HAD OFFERED TO DISCUSS THE SITUATION WITH INDONESIAN AND DUTCH REPRESENTATIVES, HEARD THAT HIS OFFER HAD BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE DUTCH GOVERNMENT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA97H46CZ4ZA8XSPPUJN3E74NN4
    Media URN:
    VLVA97H46CZ4ZA8XSPPUJN3E74NN4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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