• Short Summary

    THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE VILLAGE OF BIEN HOA WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY DESTROYED YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) WHEN AMERICAN AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE FORCES CLASHED WITH A 1,500-STRONG NORTH VIETNAMESE FORCE.

  • Description

    THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE VILLAGE OF BIEN HOA WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY DESTROYED YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) WHEN AMERICAN AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE FORCES CLASHED WITH A 1,500-STRONG NORTH VIETNAMESE FORCE. THE AMERICANS CALLED IN AIR STRIKES ON THE VILLAGE, ONLY TWO MILES (3 KMS) FROM THE GIANT U.S. AIR BASE AT BIEN HOA, TO DRIVE THE NORTH VIETNAMESE FROM THE AREA.

    WHEN THE FIGHTING WAS OVER, BIEN HOA VILLAGE - FORMERLY A THRIVING COMMUNITY OF 1,000 PEOPLE - WAS IN RUINS. NOT A SINGLE BUILDING STOOD INTACT AND THE STREETS WERE LITTERED WITH THE RUBBLE OF WAR.

    SOUTH VIETNAMESE RANGERS AND MARINES MADE THREE SEPARATE ATTACKS ON THE VILLAGE DURING THE DAY IN A VAIN BID TO FORCE THE NORTH VIETNAMESE FROM THEIR POSITIONS.

    BUT AS NIGHT FELL, THE NORTH VIETNAMESE WERE STILL FIRMLY ENTRENCHED. U.S. MILITARY OFFICIALS SAID THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE WERE WORRIED THE NORTH VIETNAMESE WOULD USE THE DARKNESS TO SLIP OUT OF THE VILLAGE, SO THE AIRCRAFT WERE CALLED IN, TO MAKE LOW LEVEL HIGH-EXPLOSIVE AND NAPALM ATTACKS.

    UNITED STATES OFFICIALS SAID 234 NORTH VIETNAMESE WERE KILLED IN THE ATTACK. ANOTHER 60 WERE CAPTURED, AMONG THEM THE DEPUTY COMMANDER OF THE NORTH VIETNAMESE BATTALION.

    THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS ALSO CAPTURED A LARGE CACHE OF WEAPONS INCLUDING 57 CHINESE AK 47'S; 12 ANTI-TANK ROCKET LAUNCHERS, B-40 AND 413 MACHINE GUNS AND SEVERAL 60 MM MORTARS.

    SOUTH VIETNAMESE LOSSES WERE PUT AT 14 DEAD AND 79 WOUNDED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAALKECNJ5W2HE8TJ6FCV26809O
    Media URN:
    VLVAALKECNJ5W2HE8TJ6FCV26809O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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