• Short Summary

    THE NEW YEAR BEGAN IN PEACE IN VIETNAM YESTERDAY (JANUARY 1) AS THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE, THEIR ALLIES, AND THE VIET CONG OBSERVED SEPARATE OFFICIAL TRUCES.

  • Description

    THE NEW YEAR BEGAN IN PEACE IN VIETNAM YESTERDAY (JANUARY 1) AS THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE, THEIR ALLIES, AND THE VIET CONG OBSERVED SEPARATE OFFICIAL TRUCES. BUT IT WAS SHORT LIVED -- BY MIDDAY (GMT) REPORTS WERE COMING IN OR 48 CLASHES, INCLUDING A MAJOR BATTLE IN THE MEKONG DELTA. THE TRUCE ENDED AT 0600 TODAY (2200 GMT JANUARY 1).

    IN SONG-BE, SOME 80 MILES (129 KILOMETRES) NORTH OF SAIGON, THE TRUCE DID SURVIVE UNBROKEN. U.S. SOLDIERS OF THE 1ST BRIGADE OF THE 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION WERE ABLE TO RELAX -- TO WRITE THEIR LETTERS HOME, TO VISIT THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE BARBER, TO CLEAN THEIR EQUIPMENT IN PREPARATION FOR THE NEXT CONFRONTATION. WHILE THE BIG GUNS REMAINED COVERED, INFANTRYMEN MAINTAINED THEIR WATCH ON THE PERIMETER, IN CASE OF POSSIBLE SURPRISE ATTACK.

    NINETEEN SOUTH VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS AND 60 VIET CONG DIED IN THE MEKONG BATTLE. AN ATTACK BY THE VIET CONG, SUPPORTED BY ANTI-TANK FIRE, IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN BEATEN BACK. BUT A SOUTH VIETNAMESE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT A REQUEST FOR U.S. AIR SUPPORT HAD BEEN TURNED DOWN BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO BREAK THE TRUCE.

    IN NUMEROUS OTHER INCIDENTS THROUGHOUT SOUTH VIETNAM, ANOTHER 70 NORTH VIETNAMESE WERE REPORTED KILLED, WHILE 20 SOUTH VIETNAMESE ARE SAID TO HAVE DIED. AMERICAN TROOPS WERE INVOLVED IN SEVERAL INCIDENTS BUT ONLY SUFFERED 12 WOUNDED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA8JG9B9IMJDHE1BUW2ZQ0DOJL
    Media URN:
    VLVAA8JG9B9IMJDHE1BUW2ZQ0DOJL
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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