Over the wreaked (6-7 January), a marked increase in the number of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese attacks was noted in South Vietnam - on the eve of the resumed Peace negotiations in Paris between Hanoi's emissary, Le Duc Tho, and President Nixon's negotiator, Dr.
SV Colonel Yem explaining situation with map to General Lich (2 shots)
SCU US soldiers looking at map
GV & SV Troops advancing (2 shots)
GV Gun surrounded by ammunition cases
SV Soldiers firing guns
SV PAN General Garth (2 shots)
GV PAN Helicopters waiting
SCU Soldier in helicopter
AERIAL VIEW Convoy on way to Phuoc Long
SV Villagers watch arrivals
GV & SV Troops arrive at Phuoc Long (2 shots)
SV Villagers watching
GVs Soldiers unicad supplies with children investigating
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Background: Over the wreaked (6-7 January), a marked increase in the number of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese attacks was noted in South Vietnam - on the eve of the resumed Peace negotiations in Paris between Hanoi's emissary, Le Duc Tho, and President Nixon's negotiator, Dr. Henry Kissinger.
At the same time, a large convoy of three-hundred military and civilian trucks was moving along highway 14 north of Saigon, trying to bring a large supply of food to Phuoc Long Province. The road between Binn Duong and Phuoc Long Provinces had been cut since April of 1972, when Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces began their attack on An Loc.
South Vietnamese Troops were airlifted into the area to give ground support to the food convoy. In the past, all food supplies had to be flown in to Phuoc Long. The convoy operation was conducted by the South Vietnamese Army's 5th Infantry Division.
The convoy met with only limited resistance as they moved into Phuoc Long with their food and supplies for the provinces fourteen-thousand inhabitants.
SYNOPSIS: On Friday the commander of South Vietnam's Fifth Infantry Division, General Lich, discussed the best way to move a convoy of supplies up Highway 14 to Phuoc Long with the province's leader, Colonel Yem. Since last April - when Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops began their attack on An Loc, a hundred kilometres north of Saigon - the section of Highway 14 between Binh Duong and Phuoc Long has been cut. And, all supplies have had o be airlifted in to the provinces fourteen-thousand inhabitants.
As the South Vietnamese troops advanced in support of the convoy, they met only limited resistance. The United States military adviser General Garth was on hand to observe the operation.
The South Vietnamese troops were flown into the area, and Kept watch over the operation from helicopter support craft. The convoy itself included three-hundred military and civilian trucks loaded with food and supplies for the isolated province.
Villagers were on hand as the first trucks and soldiers moved into Phuoc Long - the only supplies to move up Highway 14 since last April.
The breaking of the Highway is ??? came at the same time as Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops were stepping up their attacks in various areas of South Vietnam - on the eve of the renewed peace negotiations between Hanoi's emissary Le Duc Tho and President Nixon's negotiator, Dr. Henry Kissinger.