Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) rout the Viet Cong from a base operations camp in a bamboo thicket about 20 miles east of Saigon during a recent sweep mission in the Bein Hoa Province.
Infantrymen moving up accompanied by tanks and armored personnel carriers
Troops come under Viet Cong fire
Various views of air strikes on the forward area
Troops continue advance, burning hut in background
Tunnels and trenches discovered at Viet Cong base camp
Demolition man blows up tunnels
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Background: Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) rout the Viet Cong from a base operations camp in a bamboo thicket about 20 miles east of Saigon during a recent sweep mission in the Bein Hoa Province.
While advancing through knows Viet Cong territory, the infantrymen, accompanied by tanks and armored personnel carriers, come under heavy enemy fire. Air support was called in to assist the ground attack to continue the assault.
Following the air strikes, the "Big Red One" infantrymen probed the area and encountered no opposition from the Viet Cong.
Near the end of the mission, the infantrymen discovered the Viet Cong base camp in a bamboo thicket surrounded by trenches and a huge tunnel complex. Demolition men used high explosives to destroy the tunnel complex.
Elements of the 1st Infantry Division terminated Operation Mallet February 15. Final results show a total of 47 Viet Cong killed, and numerous camps, tunnel complexes and enemy boats destroyed during the operation.