• Short Summary

    FIGHTING CONTINUED IN SAIGON TODAY (SATURDAY), SIX DAYS AFTER COMMUNIST GUERILLAS LAUNCHED THEIR NATIONWIDE NEW YEAR OFFENSIVE.

  • Description

    FIGHTING CONTINUED IN SAIGON TODAY (SATURDAY), SIX DAYS AFTER COMMUNIST GUERILLAS LAUNCHED THEIR NATIONWIDE NEW YEAR OFFENSIVE.

    THIS FUKN WAS SHOT ON FEBRUARY 1. IT SHOWS SOUTH VIETNAMESE POLICE AND TROOPS TAKING COVER BEHIND HUGE TREES AS THEY ATTACK A PARTLY-BUILT HOTEL FROM WHERE A VIETCONG SQUAD HAD BEEN FIRING ON THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE.

    THE GOVERNMENT FORCES, ARMED WITH CARBINES AND M-16 RIFLES, FOUGHT THEIR WAY INTO THE BUILDING AND WIPED OUT THE SQUAD. AMERICAN TROOPS, HELICOPTERED INTO THE CAPITAL AT THE OUTBREAK OF THE VIOLENCE, JOINED THE VIETNAMESE IN FLUSHING OUT THE SNIPERS.

    TWO TEENAGED GUERILLAS WERE CAPTURED INSIDE THE BUILDING.

    AN ARMY JEEP CARRYING TWO AMERICAN SOLDIERS WAS BLOWN UP BY A VIETCONG HANDGRENADE. IT S OCCUPANTS WERE KILLED INSTANTLY.

    DANANG, WITH A POPULATION AROUND 160,000, IS SOUTH VIETNAM'S SECOND LARGEST AND MOST NORTHERLY CITY.

    TWELVE HOURS AFTER THE SAIGON GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED IT WAS CANCELLING ITS 36-HOUR TET TRUCE IN THE FIVE NORTHERN PROVINCES, THE GUERILLAS LAUNCHED AN ATTACK. THEY DAMAGED THE CITY'S KEY HIGHWAY BRIDGE AND FOUGHT FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE.

    THE BRIDGE CARRIES SOUTH VIETNAM'S MAIN HIGHWAY ONE.

    THE AMERICANS AND VIETNAMESE TROOPS IMMEDIATELY GATHERED STRENGTH AND PUSHED OFF THE GUERILLAS. BEFORE CALLING IN AIRSTRIKES ON THE ENEMY POSITIONS, HUNDREDS OF VIETNAMESE FAMILIES WERE MOVED OUT OF THE AREA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA06BE7MX7FL2LTQUOQFCKB0SW
    Media URN:
    VLVAA06BE7MX7FL2LTQUOQFCKB0SW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:05:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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