• Short Summary

    GENERAL KHANH AFTER HIS RETURN TO POWER WAS REMOVED FROM OFFICE TODAY (SUNDAY). GENERAL "LITTLE"?

  • Description

    GENERAL KHANH AFTER HIS RETURN TO POWER WAS REMOVED FROM OFFICE TODAY (SUNDAY). GENERAL "LITTLE" MINH TAKES OVER AS CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES.

    OUR CAMERAMAN IN SAIGON FILMED REBEL TANKS QUIETLY DRAWING UP TO COVER THE RESIDENCE OF GENERAL KHANH. LATER PARATROOPS LOYAL TO GENERAL KHANH PARLEYED BRIEFLY WITH THE TANK CREWS AND SUPPORTING AIRMEN AND MARINES AND THEY WITHOUT OPPOSITION.

    THE OPERATION AGAINST GENERAL KHANH WHO WAS NOT IN SAIGON AT THE TIME, WAS LED BY A ROMAN CATHOLIC ARMY OFFICER, COLONEL PHAN NGOC THAO, RECENTLY ON DIPLOMATIC DUTY IN WASHINGTON. HE WAS GENERAL KHANH'S CHIEF PRESS OFFICER LAST SUMMER AND IN 1948 HE SERVED AS HEAD OF THE INTELLIGENCE SERVICE OF THE NORTH VIETNAMESE LEADER, MR HO CHI-MINH.

    THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR, MAXWELL TAYLOR, TOOK PART IN NEGOTIATIONS TO AVERT BLOODSHED. CIVILIANS KEPT OUT OF SIGHT UNTIL THE TENSION EASED -- THIS WAS THE NINTH COUP, ATTEMPTED COUP OR GOVERNMENT RESHUFFLE IN 16 MONTHS.

    AMBASSADOR TAYLOR SAID THE FIRST HINT OF UNREST CAME WHEN HE NOTICED MILITARY MOVEMENTS ON THE SAIGON WATERFRONT AS HE WAS RETURNING TO HIS OFFICE FROM LUNCH.

    THE MEN IN THE COUP LAUNCHED THEIR MISSION ON THEN, TAKING OVER THE CITY'S STRONGPOINT WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT. THE COMPROMISE AFTERWARDS WAS ALSO REACHED WITHOUT A SHOT FIRED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9VXUNFC7177CTG0E7WVHK0KDW
    Media URN:
    VLVA9VXUNFC7177CTG0E7WVHK0KDW
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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