Continuous heavy fighting is raging in Quang Tri City in the northern-most province of South Vietnam as South Vietnamese Airborne Troops attempt to wrest the city from the control of deeply entrenched North Vietnamese.
GV Airborne troops crossing field on outskirts of city. (2 shots)
SV Troops around wounded NVA prisoner on stretcher (3 shots)
SV Troops removing body on stretcher
LV PAN another body carried on stretcher through ruins.
SV Trooper waves flag from building
GV MAB tank advancing along road through city (2 shots)
Soldier runs across road brought down by machine gun fire and falls.
SV PAN Troops through wrecked building (4 shots)
SV Tank moves up road, passes wrecked houses (2 shots)
GV Troops towards buildings during airstrike
LV Bombs exploding and snd??? ricing (3 shots)
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Some of the first film of the fighting inside Quang Tri City comes from Visnews cameramen Neil Davis and Yosep Lee.
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Background: Continuous heavy fighting is raging in Quang Tri City in the northern-most province of South Vietnam as South Vietnamese Airborne Troops attempt to wrest the city from the control of deeply entrenched North Vietnamese.
The battle for the city is part of a counter-offensive to reoccupy Quang Tri Province. It is reported that South Vietnamese forces were brought up from the Central Highlands near Kontum City especially for the final battle for Quang Tri City, which promises to be long and bloody.
South Vietnamese Airborne Troops made their first advance into the city proper on Sunday (16 July) supported by M48 tanks and South Vietnamese jets. U.S. aircraft have been ordered by President Thieu not to bomb within the city, but these bombers are maintaining continuous heavy pounding of suspected North Vietnamese positions on the outskirts of the city.
By Sunday afternoon South Vietnamese Troops had advanced to within 100 meters of a heavy North Vietnamese concentration in an old U.S. compound. The South Vietnamese paratroopers intend to hold their ground, and they told VISNEWS that they would continue to advance into the Citadel part of the city--now within their reach.
Intelligence reports say that at least four North Vietnamese battalions are entrenched in the Citadel with orders to fight to the last man.
The South Vietnamese forces moving in from the south have come under fire from B40 rockets and large 130-MM field guns from several miles (kilometres) outside the city.