The North Vietnamese city of Than Hoa - on the Gulf of Tonkin - has been badly hit by U.
The North Vietnamese city of Than Hoa - on the Gulf of Tonkin - has been badly hit by U.S. air raids. Because of this, many of the people have retreated to live and work in caves in the surrounding countryside of Than Hoa Province.
One such project is an automobile engine factory. Situated in a cave originally used for works in 1965, the factory employs 400 people.....they are mainly women whose men have joined the army or militia. Not only do they work in the cave, but most of them also live on site, on bamboo-and-straw beds alongside their lathes and drills. They are said to have completed - by November 15 - the 1972 works-project of production and engine repairs.
SYNOPSIS: The bomb-damaged buildings of the North Vietnamese provincial capital of Than Hoa. The city, on the Gulf of Tonkin about one hundred miles south of Hanoi, is reported to have been hit several times by U.S. bombing raids since 1965.
Because of the destruction of the town, many of the inhabitants moved out, to live and work in caves in the surrounding countryside of Than Hoa Province. This factory makes and repairs automobile and truck engines.....and, such is the output, that they are reported to have completed the 1972 works-project by November fifteen.
The majority of the operators are girls and women, whose menfolk are at the front in the army or militia. There are many such caves in the area. This one was originally used for another type of work as far back as 1965, when the first exodus from the city began.
Four hundred people not only work in the cave - but they also live here..... sleeping on bamboo-and-straw beds alongside their machinery.
Once the engines had been put together they are thoroughly tested - before they can be taken to be fitted in the vehicles.
Among the other factories in the provincial mountains - a spinning mill. Here, as in the other factories, a girl operator is at the wheel.