• Short Summary

    SOUTH VIETNAMESE MARINES ARE REPORTED TO HAVE KILLED 39 VIET CONG IN AN ATTACK ON GUERILLA UNITES IN GIA DINH PROVINCE, ON SAIGON'S NORTH EASTERN EDGE, ON SATURDAY.

  • Description

    SOUTH VIETNAMESE MARINES ARE REPORTED TO HAVE KILLED 39 VIET CONG IN AN ATTACK ON GUERILLA UNITES IN GIA DINH PROVINCE, ON SAIGON'S NORTH EASTERN EDGE, ON SATURDAY. IT WAS PART OF A FLARE-UP IN THE FIGHTING AROUND SAIGON BETWEEN GOVERNMENT TROOPS AND ATTACKING VIET CONG.

    THE FIGHTING, ONLY TWO AND A HALF MILES (4 KMS) FROM THE CENTRE OF CAPITAL, WAS THE CLOSEST TO THE CITY CENTRE SINCE THE START OF THE LATEST VIET CONG OFFENSIVE AGAINST SAIGON. THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE CLAIM TO HAVE LOST THREE MARINES KILLED AND II INJURED IN THE FIGHTING. A CALL TO BLACK SMOKE HUNG OVER THE BATTLE AREA, WHICH WAS SHELLED BY UNITED STATES ARTILLERY AND STRAFED BY U.S. HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS.

    THE VIET CONG HAD MOVED INTO THE AREA AFTER SLIPPING THROUGH THE "RING OF STEEL" DEFENCE BARRIER PUT UP BY THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE AND AMERICAN AROUND THE CAPITAL TO HALT ANY MASS INVASION. A 24-HOUR CURFEW WAS PLACED ON THE AREA. CIVILIANS FLED FROM THEIR HOMES AS THE FIGHTING RAGED AND MANY WERE WOUNDED IN THE CROSS-FIRE. THE MARINES GAVE THEM FIRST AID BEFORE SENDING THEM TO HOSPITAL.

    BEFORE THE FIGHTING STARTED, THE VIET CONG CALLED ON THE POPULATION OF SAIGON, CHOLON AND GIA DINH -- THE PROVINCE ENCOMPASSING GREATER SAIGON -- TO LEAVE THE AREAS WHERE AMERICAN BASES ARE LOCATED "IN ORDER TO AVOID CIVILIAN LOSSES WHEN OUR ARMY ATTEMPS TO WIPE OUT THE ENEMY."

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA32LCYJFVVC6X5OJQNID05WWI
    Media URN:
    VLVAA32LCYJFVVC6X5OJQNID05WWI
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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