• Short Summary

    THE MEKONG DELTA TOWN OF TUYEN BINH - ONLY 800 METRES (YARDS) ??? THE CAMBODIAN?

  • Description

    THE MEKONG DELTA TOWN OF TUYEN BINH - ONLY 800 METRES (YARDS) ??? THE CAMBODIAN BORDER - WAS CLEARING UP LAST WEEK AFTER A RAID BY TWO VIET CONG BATTALIONS WHICH CAME FROM CAMBODIA ON THE NIGHT OF DECEMBER 2-3.

    ALTHOUGH THEY WERE OUTNUMBERED BY 2 TO 1, THE 300 SOUTH VIETNAMESE MILITIAMEN DEFENDING THE TOWN WERE ABLE TO DRIVE BACK THE ATTACKERS WITH THE AID OF UNITED STATES ARTILLERY AND AIR STRIKES. THE ATTACK HAD BEEN EXPECTED, ACCORDING TO THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE MILITARY AUTHORITIES, BECAUSE MILITARY INTELLIGENCE HAD BEEN REPORTING A HEAVY BUILD-UP OF NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS ALONG THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CAMBODIAN BORDER FOR TWO OR THREE DAYS PRIOR TO THE RAID. A CAPTURED PRISONER IDENTIFIED THE ASSAULT FORCE AS THE FRESHLY-INFILTRATED 308TH BATTALION OF NORTH VIETNAM'S NINTH ARMY DIVISION, SUPPORTED BY LOCAL GUERILLAS.

    AT THE END OF THE FOUR-HOUR BATTLE, 108 VIET CONG WERE REPORTED KILLED AND TWO CAPTURED. AMONG THE ARMS AND EQUIPMENT TAKEN WERE 47 RIFLES, THREE CHINESE MACHINE GUNS, THREE B-40 ROCKET LAUNCHERS, A NUMBER OF B-40 ROUNDS AND MINES, AND A RADIO. ON THE DEFENDING SIDE, 7 ARE REPORTED WOUNDED AND 18 KILLED - INCLUDING TROOPS AND CIVILIANS.

    THE ATTACK OF TUYEN BINH CAME DURING A 24-HOUR PERIOD IN WHICH 58 DIFFERENT ATTACKS BY VIET CONG AND NORTH VIETNAMESE WERE REPORTED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRYSIDE - THE HIGHEST IN FOUR WEEKS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA3M5ZZ4VDYB61O4RRN16WE50F
    Media URN:
    VLVAA3M5ZZ4VDYB61O4RRN16WE50F
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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