• Short Summary

    SINCE 1954, THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN WAGING PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE AGAINST THE COMMUNIST VIETCONG.?

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    SINCE 1954, THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN WAGING PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE AGAINST THE COMMUNIST VIETCONG. AT THE END OF THE THREE-MONTH COURSE IN PSYWAR, THE MEN AND WOMEN TRAINED IN THIS FIELD ARE SENT OUT TO VARIOUS REMOTE VILLAGES TO WIN OVER THE PEOPLE.

    LAST WEEKEND, THE CHIEF OF STATE, GENERAL NGUYEN VAN THIEU, PRESIDED OVER THE PSYWAR GRADUATION CEREMONY OF SOME 778 MONTAGNARD TRIBESMEN. IT WAS HELD AT PLEIKU, ?N THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS ABOUT 275 MILES NORTHWEST OF SAIGON.

    THE PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE IS DESIGNED TO WIN OVER THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN INFLUENCE BY THE VIETCONG. IT'S BASED ON PERSONAL CONTACT AND COMMUNITY HELP.

    THE AGENTS DIRECT THEIR PSYCHOLOGICAL ATTACK AT EVERYONE. THE WHOLE PURPOSE IS TO MAKE VILLAGE PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT ONLY UNHAPPINESS CAN COME FROM THE VIETCONG. THE GOVERNMENT CAN DO MUCH FOR THEM IF THEY CO-OPERATE.

    THEY GIVE THE VIETNAMESE VILLAGERS THE THINGS THE VIETCONG CANNOT PROVIDE -- IT MIGHT BE COOKING OIL, WARM CLOTHING AND MEDICINE. IT HAS BEEN PROVED THAT NEARLY 80 PER CENT OF VILLAGERS SIT ON THE FENCE AND HAVE NO AFFILIATION WITH EITHER SIDE. THEY WAY WITH THE STRENGTH. THE PSYWAR AGENTS ARE WELL ARMED. THEY WERE TRAINED BY AMERICAN MILITARY ADVISERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9NY3QPI1UMJJL3L70MWHBMW9C
    Media URN:
    VLVA9NY3QPI1UMJJL3L70MWHBMW9C
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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