• Short Summary

    INDONESIAN PARACHUTE COMMANDO TROOPS, DROPPED ON WEST NEW GUINEA TO CARRY OUT GUERILLA TYPE WARFARE AND TO ENLIST THE AID OF THE NATIVE PAPUANS, HAVE MET WITH SERIOUS SETBACKS.

  • Description

    INDONESIAN PARACHUTE COMMANDO TROOPS, DROPPED ON WEST NEW GUINEA TO CARRY OUT GUERILLA TYPE WARFARE AND TO ENLIST THE AID OF THE NATIVE PAPUANS, HAVE MET WITH SERIOUS SETBACKS. ATTACKED BY DUTCH TROOPS AND MARINES WHO DISPUTE THE CLAIM OF PRESIDENT SOEKARNO OF INDONESIA TO THE TERRITORY, AND DELIBERATELY MISLED BY PAPUAN VILLAGERS, CAPTURED INDONESIANS ARE REPORTED TO BE LOW IN MORALE AND SHORT OF FOOD SUPPLIES. LATEST REPORTS FROM HOLLANDIA, THE CAPITAL OF WEST NEW GUINEA ON MAY 30 SAID THAT DUTCH TROOPS KILLED FIVE MEMBERS OF AN INDONESIAN DETACHMENTS AND CAPTURED SEVEN OTHER IN A MACHINE-GUN AMBUSH ABOUT 30 MILES SOUTH-EAST OF THE OIL TOWN OF SORONG ON THE WESTERN TIP OF DUTCH ADMINISTERED TERRITORY. THE ACTION BRINGS THE REPORTED NUMBER OF PARACHUTISTS KILLED SINCE THE FIRST DROPPED AT THE END OF APRIL, TO 25.

    A SMALL VILLAGE ON THE SOUTH-WEST COAST OF THE TERRITORY, FAK FAK, HAS BEEN THE SCENE OF REPEATED INDONESIAN ATTEMPTS TO GAIN A FOOTHOLD ON THE MAINLAND. IT IS HERE THAT A NUMBER OF INDONESIAN PRISONERS ARE BEING QUESTIONED AND THEIR WEAPONS AND SUPPLIES EXAMINED. AMONG THE PRISONERS IS THE CREW OF AN INDONESIAN DAKOTA AIRCRAFT SHOT DOWN OVER THE SEA NEAR FAK FAK BY ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUNS AFTER DROPPING PARACHUTISTS INTO THE JUNGLE. THE NUMBER OF INJURED OR IMPRISONED INDONESIANS IS NOT OFFICIALLY KNOWN, BUT THE DUTCH ESTIMATE THE NUMBER BETWEEN 75 AND 100.

    THE NATIVE PAPUAN POPULATION ARE PROVING A TREMENDOUS HELP TO THE DUTCH FORCES, GIVING INFORMATION ABOUT INDONESIAN DROPS AND LATER GUIDING THE DUTCH TO THE INFILTRATORS. PAPUAN WOMEN AND CHILDREN HAVE RETREATED INTO THE JUNGLE TO GIVE THEIR MENFOLK A FREE HAND TO HELP THE DUTCH, IT WAS REPORTED. THREE HUNDRED PAPUANS LIVING IN HOLLANDIA HAVE OFFERED THEMSELVES AS VOLUNTEERS IN THE DUTCH ARMY.

    DUTCH GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE IN HOLLANDIA CAME ON IN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF INDONESIAN TROOPS IN THE TERRITORY AT 150. ON MAY 21 THE GOVERNOR, DR. PIET PLATTEEL EVACUATED WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM THE TEMINABUAN REGION WHERE A GROUP OF PARACHUTISTS WERE REPORTED TO HAVE LANDED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAASK5MX1CF34FDG1CBVSN8P7I8
    Media URN:
    VLVAASK5MX1CF34FDG1CBVSN8P7I8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/05/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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