• Short Summary

    RIVER PATROLS ARE AN IMPORTANT ARM IN THE SOUTH VIETNAM GOVERNMENT'S CURRENT INTENSIFIED FIGHT AGAINST COMMUNIST VIET-CONG GUERILLA BANDS.

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    RIVER PATROLS ARE AN IMPORTANT ARM IN THE SOUTH VIETNAM GOVERNMENT'S CURRENT INTENSIFIED FIGHT AGAINST COMMUNIST VIET-CONG GUERILLA BANDS.

    RIVERS ARE MAJOR MEANS OF COMMUNICATIONS IN THE COUNTRY AND RECENTLY A VISNEWS CAMERAMAN ACCOMPANIED ONE OF THESE RIVER PATROLS IN THE MARSHY AND JUNGLE AREA INNKIEN HOA PROVINCE, 80 MILES SOUTH EAST OF SAIGON.

    THE GOVERNMENT SOLDIERS ARE HEAVILY ARMED AND FULLY TRAINED IN THESE OPERATIONS, AND AS THE BOATS MOVE ABOUT THE RIVERS, THE TROOPS ARE TAKEN AND RELIEVED AT PATROL POSTS ON THE BANKS. THE VIET-CONG IN THIS AREA HAS FOR LONG BEEN ACTIVE, ATTACKING FISHING, TRADING AND GOVERNMENT BOATS FROM THE THICKLY WOODED RIVER BANKS. BUT INTENSIFICATION OF MILITARY PATROLS ON THESE RIVERS HAS REDUCED THE ATTACKS.

    LANDING PARTIES OFTEN COMB THE BANKS, BUT VIET-CONG MOVEMENTS ARE DIFFICULT TO DETECT IN THE JUNGLE. USUALLY IT IS ONLY WHEN THE GUERILLA ATTACK IS THEIR PRESENCE FELT - LIKE THEIR AMBUSH ONLY 35 MILES SOUTH OF SAIGON, FEB. 26, IN WHICH A GOVERNMENT COMPANY OF THE CIVIL DEFENSE FORCE WAS ALMOST WIPED OUT, A GOVERNMENT SOURCE SAID.

    THE SAIGON BOMBING, FEB. 27, ACCORDING TO THE GOVERNMENT SOURCE, WAS BELIEVED UNCONNECTED WITH THE VIET-CONG ACTIVITIES. THE ATTACKING PILOTS, SEEN AS "DISCONTENTED", BELONGED TO THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE AIR FORCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9E9TZGIWCWO1QCAHD4JW0IO7N
    Media URN:
    VLVA9E9TZGIWCWO1QCAHD4JW0IO7N
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/03/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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