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.
AIR V..Area over Tchepone
LV Helicopter flying overhead
GV & SV Troops build bunkers (3 shots)
SV Unpacking supplies and ammunition (3 shots)
CU Lt. General Hoang Lam talking
SV Soldiers carrying wrapped-up body
Initials CO.17.03 WLW/PN/ES.17.30
NOTE TO READERS: TCHEPONE IS PRONOUNCED "SEPONE".
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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.