In Southern Laos fierce and continued bombardment by North Vietnamese forces within 18 miles of Pakse, has prompted the population to speculate that the city may eventually fall into communist hands.
GV Market scenes in Pakse (pronounced Pak-say) (2 shots)
GV PAN River Mekong at Pakse
Aerial Shot of terrain in region of frontline
Aerial as helicopter comes into land (2 shots)
Ground shot helicopter overhead
GV Armoured cars and military trucks along road (4 shots)
SCU Colonel Kahm Bou (pronounced Karm-boo) on radiophone
GV, SV Troops digging bunkers (5 shots)
GV Survivors from Ban Nhik (pronounced barnnick) at Pakse airport
GV & SV More shots of survivors by unmarked American helicopters (4 shots)
GV PAN helicopter to weapons belonging to dead Lao troops
GV Survivors sleeping as T-28 takes off (3 shots)
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Background: In Southern Laos fierce and continued bombardment by North Vietnamese forces within 18 miles of Pakse, has prompted the population to speculate that the city may eventually fall into communist hands. laotian government forces led by their Commander, colonel Kham Bou, have had orders to hold positions and are digging-in around Pakse. communist offensives in the area have always been seasonal, but this year came two months earlier than expected. Earlier this month Laotian forces are believed to have lost at least 250 men in combat at Ban Nhik 22 miles east of Pakse. The survivors of one company were seen by journalists at Pakse Airport, where American helicopters and Loatian T-28 fighter-bombers have been stationed.