• Short Summary

    LARGE CONCENTRATIONS OF VIETCONG FORCES HAVE BEEN REPORTED MOVING IN ON PLEIKU, 240 MILES NORTHEAST OF SAIGON.

  • Description

    LARGE CONCENTRATIONS OF VIETCONG FORCES HAVE BEEN REPORTED MOVING IN ON PLEIKU, 240 MILES NORTHEAST OF SAIGON.THE AREA IS THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE SOUTH VIETNAM SECOND ARMY CORPS AND ALSO HOUSED ABOUT 600 AMERICAN ARMY AND FORCE PERSONNEL.A BATTALION OF SOUTH VIETNAM AIRBORNE TROOPS WERE RUSHED TO PLEIKU ON SUNDAY TO STRENGTHEN THE GARRISON.

    STRICT SECURITY MEASURES HAVE BEEN IMPOSED IN AND AROUND THE GARRISON.SCORES OF AMERICAN MILITARY POLICEMEN ARE CONDUCTING A THOROUGH CHECK ON LOCAL VIETNAM EMPLOYEES.

    A LARGE SCALE COMMUNIST ATTACK IS DAILY EXPECTED.THE VIETCONG HAVE CUT ALL ROADS AROUND PLEIKU, A COMMON TACTIC THEY USE BEFORE ATTACKING.INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS BELIEVE THE ACTIVITY AROUND PLEIKU COULD BE A FEINT, TO DRAW GOVERNMENT TROOPS THERE, AND AWAY FROM THEIR REAL TARGETS.

    THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE UNITED STATES FORCES IN SOUTH VIETNAM, GENERAL WESTMORELAND, VISITED THE PLEIKU GARRISON.HE DISCUSSED THE SITUATION WITH AMERICAN MILITARY ADVISERS.

    THE VIETNAMESE AIRBORNE TROOPS HAVE STARTED TO DIG IN AROUND THE PERIMETER OF THE GARRISON AND ARE USING SOME OF THE OLD FORTIFICATIONS LEFT BY THE FRENCH.THE WHOLE GARRISON IS ON ALERT AND THE NORMAL GUARD HAS BEEN DOUBLED AT NIGHT.

    THE AMERICAN CAMPS WERE MORTARED BY VIETCONG IN FEBRUARY, IN AN ATTACK THAT SPARKED OFF THE FIRST UNITED STATES AIR RAIDS ON NORTH VIETNAM.EIGHT AMERICANS WERE KILLED AND SCORES WOUNDED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAIFNSS1IKFO1QAVCQY15S443G
    Media URN:
    VLVAAIFNSS1IKFO1QAVCQY15S443G
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/06/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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