• Short Summary

    GENERAL WILLIAM WESTMORELAND LEFT SOUTH VIETNAM TODAY (TUESDAY) AFTER COMMANDING AMERICAN FORCES FOR FOUR YEARS OF ESCALATION.

  • Description

    GENERAL WILLIAM WESTMORELAND LEFT SOUTH VIETNAM TODAY (TUESDAY) AFTER COMMANDING AMERICAN FORCES FOR FOUR YEARS OF ESCALATION. HE LEFT BY AIR FOR THE PHILIPPINES, FROM WHERE HE WILL FLY TO WASHINGTON TO TAKE UP HIS NEW POST AS ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF. YESTERDAY GENERAL WESTMORELAND REVIEWED AMERICAN AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS IN A FAREWELL CEREMONY IN SAIGON.

    THE 54-YEAR-OLD GENERAL IS PASSING OVER COMMAND OF AMERICAN MILITARY FORCES TO GENERAL CREIGHTON ABRAMS. YESTERDAY GENERAL WESTMORELAND WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR TO SOUTH VIETNAM, MR. ELLSWOETH BUNKER, WHEN HE FAREWELLED THE OFFICERS AND MEN HE HAD WORKED WITH DURING HIS STORMY YEARS OF COMMAND.

    IN A FAREWELL PRESS CONFERENCE THE GENERAL SAID A COMPLETE MILITARY VICTORY IN THE CLASSIC SENSE WAS IMPOSSIBLE IN VIETNAM WITHOUT FURTHER ESCALATION OF THE WAR.

    HE WARNED THAT ALTHOUGH SOUTH VIETNAMESE FORCES HAD INCREASED IN SIZE AND EFFECTIVENESS, 17 WAS UNREALISTIC TO EXPECT AN EARLY DEFEAT OF COMMUNITY FORCES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAM0JV5JPKVFGPG9D0689G4NSI
    Media URN:
    VLVAAM0JV5JPKVFGPG9D0689G4NSI
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/06/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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