• Short Summary

    Across most of the rest of the world, they were celebrating Christmas, but in South Vietnam no season and no festivity can stop the endless grind of the war which goes on and on -- two years after the official ceasefire.

  • Description

    Across most of the rest of the world, they were celebrating Christmas, but in South Vietnam no season and no festivity can stop the endless grind of the war which goes on and on -- two years after the official ceasefire.
    It is estimated that seventy per cent of the troops in the South Vietnamese army are engaged in front-line fighting, as the struggle to control large areas of the country dominates the life of the nation.
    This film shows a typical ARVN patrol, in the rice-growing area of the Mekong Delta - an area in which over 1,600 South Vietnamese combat troops were killed in ten days of fighting.
    The relentless battle, which the ARVN have fought alone since the withdrawal of American troops two years ago, has corroded morale within the South Vietnamese armed forces. Although now regularly paid, their wages are low and inflation has forced many soldiers to look for off-duty work or to send their wives out on full-time jobs.
    Furthermore, with no end of the war in sight, an army recruit faces the prospect of literally endless military service, as his two-year recruitment is extended year by year.
    Nevertheless, they od fight on. What was always an uphill task has become more difficult still as American support is steadily cut back, while the Communist offensive seems never to lift.
    South Vietnam today is a deadlock. The communists cannot quite overcome the South Vietnamese will to survive, and the South Vietnamese cannot quite muster the strength to expel the invaders. And in that situation, the fighting goes on. Never decisive, but never ending.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA8VNPQC0ZHF2YUI6YRASHI05D
    Media URN:
    VLVAA8VNPQC0ZHF2YUI6YRASHI05D
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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