With the Vietnam ceasefire now officially nine months old, fighting is still going on in South Vietnam, between the government forces and communist troops.
GV Viet Cong barracks with washing on line
SV Officer explains map
CU & SV Vietcong soldiers listening (3 shots)
SV Soldiers sit cleaning rifles (3 shhots)
GV Soldiers march through country-side with camouflage
SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Soldiers standing in line
CU Soldier's gun
SV Soldier firing at target (2 shots)
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Background: With the Vietnam ceasefire now officially nine months old, fighting is still going on in South Vietnam, between the government forces and communist troops. The Viet Cong fight under the flag of the South Vietnam Provisional Revolutionary Government -- PRG -- and their troops are being given intensive training day and night.
They are based in the northeastern province of Quang Tri, immediately below the Demilitarised Zone between North and South. The area has been the scene of many bitter battles between the two sides and was invaded by the North in the last Communist offensive.
This official film shows troops of the South Vietnamese Liberation Front training along the banks of the Takhan River. Their weapons include captured M-13 rifles, which are relics of the United States involvement in Vietnam.
Reports from the area where the troops are stationed say that only minor skirmishes have been reported in recent weeks. However the troops are under standing orders to counter-attack fully if and when they are attacked by government troops.
At a meeting of the International Control Commission on Thursday (15 November), the Vietcong accused the South Vietnamese government of violating the ceasefire 277,302 times since it was enacted in January.
SYNOPSIS: The washing of a Vietcong training camp in South Vietnam flutters with impunity just south of the Demilitarised Zone. These Communist South Vietnam Liberation Front soldiers have their base in Quang Tri Province.
Intensive training goes on day and night, in spite of the ceasefire signed in January this year. This official film shows a company of Vietcong forces being instructed in tactics. The official script says each soldier is free to suggest tactics and movements.
These weapons are relics of the United States involvement in the Vietnam war -- captured M-13 rifles.
For the soldiers, the ceasefire has brought little respite from the arduous routine of army life.
Only minor skirmishes have been reported from this area, near the Takhan River, in recent weeks.
Before the ceasefire, Quang Tri was the scene of bitter fighting between the North and South.
These troops belong to a company of about 100 men in all. They are under standing orders to counter-attack fully if or when they are attacked. At a meeting of the International Control Commission on Thursday, the Vietcong accused the South Vietnamese government of more than 270,000 ceasefire violations since January.