• Short Summary

    South Vietnamese troops have captured the Ho Chi Minh Trail town of Tchepone, in Laos, in their struggle to cut the North Vietnamese supply route into South Vietnam.

  • Description

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    AIR V..Area over Tchepone
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    2.
    LV Helicopter flying overhead
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    3.
    GV & SV Troops build bunkers (3 shots)
    0.24

    4.
    SV Unpacking supplies and ammunition (3 shots)
    0.38

    5.
    CU Lt. General Hoang Lam talking
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    6.
    SV Soldiers carrying wrapped-up body
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    Initials CO.17.03 WLW/PN/ES.17.30


    NOTE TO READERS: TCHEPONE IS PRONOUNCED "SEPONE".
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: South Vietnamese troops have captured the Ho Chi Minh Trail town of Tchepone, in Laos, in their struggle to cut the North Vietnamese supply route into South Vietnam. In the continuing coverage of the war in Indo-China, Visnews have issued this production showing the South Vietnamese strengthening their positions in Tchepone following its capture.

    SYNOPSIS: The South Vietnamese army last week captured Tchepone, in Laos, a strategically important town on the Ho Chi Minh communist supply trail into South Vietnam.

    The attack, by troops of the Second Regiment of the First Division, took the North Vietnamese by surprise. But they rallied swiftly, and artillery shells have rained down on the South Vietnamese as they dig in to meet a counter-attack.

    The main command post, here at Firebase Sophia, is two miles from soldiers is said to be good, and their generals admit the attack could not have been successful without heavy United States air support.

    Lieutenant-General Hoang Lam, commander of the invasion force, said he was aware that the communists were sending reinforcements. But he was ready for them, he added. Meanwhile, tension mounts as the ground is cleared for the expected counter-attack.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB57M5STVY1OUJSOWG95P5RYYF
    Media URN:
    VLVAB57M5STVY1OUJSOWG95P5RYYF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/03/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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