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    American tanks and armoured troop carriers rumbled back into South Vietnam on Saturday (27 June) well in advance of President Nixon's Tuesday deadline for the evacuation of all U.

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    American tanks and armoured troop carriers rumbled back into South Vietnam on Saturday (27 June) well in advance of President Nixon's Tuesday deadline for the evacuation of all U.S. forces from Cambodia. About 31,000 American soldiers were sent into Cambodia in early May to wipe out Viet Cong sanctuaries.

    The two-mile (3.2kms) long column of vehicles moved along a muddy road cut out of the jungle by army engineers about a mile (2 kms) west of Tay Ninh province. Great whoops of joy echoed across the silent countryside as such vehicle reached the border signpost.

    Once across the Americans were welcomed by six "donut dollies" who served them beer and soft drinks from huge bins filled with iced water.

    No flags were raised on lowered and no general was a sight as the grimy young Americans clambered down from the armoured vehicles to sign and dance to music from a small brass band -- or laughed and chatted with the pretty American Red Cross Girls.

    Late in the day the last artillery base set up by the U.S. forces was razed by bulldozers which were then flown back to South Vietnam along with the base a heavy guns. About 5,000 ground troops were left behind to provide rear-guard cover until the whole operation in complete. Most of them were expected to move back across the border on Sunday. In Saigon U.S. military sources said that 339 Americans had died and 1,501 had been wounded since the operation began on May 1.

    SYNOPSIS: American tanks and armoured troop carriers rumbled back into South Vietnam on Saturday well in advance of President Nixon's Tuesday deadline for the evacuation of all U.S. forces from Cambodia. As they pulled out along the same muddy invasion road that led them into the Parrot's Beak area, there were grim reminders of earlier battles. About 31,000 American soldiers were sent into Cambodia in early May to wipe out Viet Cong Sanctuaries.

    Late in the day the last artillery base set up by the U.S. forces was razed by bulldozers which were then flown back to South Vietnam along with the base a heavy guns, by giant helicopters. About 5,000 ground troops were left behind to provide rear-guard cover until the whole operation in complete. Most of them were expected to move back across the border on Sunday. In Saigon U.S. military command said that 339 Americans had died and 1,501 had been wounded since the operation began on May 1.

    Those who saw it through safely received a musical send off....
    Once across the border the Americans were welcomed by six "donut dollies" who served them cold beer and soft drinks from huge bins filled with iced water.

    No flags were raised or lowered and no general was in sight as the grimy young Americans clambered down from their armoured vehicles to sing and dance to music from a small brass band.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9MMJ716F5JR7EKEFBYG9JZDK0
    Media URN:
    VLVA9MMJ716F5JR7EKEFBYG9JZDK0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/06/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:34:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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