Hanoi University students have been undergoing special infantry training near the North Vietnamese capital in the past few months--and official sources say the most promising ones are later sent to the 4th Army Division close to the demilitarised zone.
SV & TV Troops trot into open country (2 shots)
SV PAN Soldiers watch instructor with automatic weapon
CU Instructor fires automatic rifle at distant target (4 shots)
SV Camouflaged troops move forward carrying bamboo "mine"
SV & CU Troops place mine beneath barbed wire and light fuss
LV Mine explodes blowing gap in barbed wire, through which troops run forward
SV Troops attack outpost with rifles & grenades
CU Soldier fires anti-tank missile
LV Mock tank explodes
CU Another missile fired, troops run forward (2 shots)
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Background: Hanoi University students have been undergoing special infantry training near the North Vietnamese capital in the past few months--and official sources say the most promising ones are later sent to the 4th Army Division close to the demilitarised zone.
The sources in Hanoi say the trainees--about 300 of them in all--comprise about ten per cent of Hanoi University's student population. The training programme, they add, is part of a volunteer movement promoted by the government since the end of last year.
SYNOPSIS: In the fields around Hanoi, the North Vietnamese capital, university students undergo rigorous infantry training. Its all part of a volunteer programme sponsored by the Hanoi government since the end of last year.
The students are taught the intricacies of the most sophisticated automatic weapons available. The North Vietnamese say the students--about three hundred of them in all-comprise about ten per cent of Hanoi University's student population. And the most promising ones are later sent to joint the Fourth Army Division close to the demilitarized zone.
The student infantrymen are also trained int eh use of the "Bangalore Torpedo"--a hollow piece of bamboo packed with explosives. The tube is pushed through barbed wire obstacles--then detonated so the rest of the company can climb through.
The purpose of the North Vietnamese government's volunteer programme is to train would-be soldiers in conditions as realistic as possible. It's a policy that makes sense--for many of these students will soon find themselves under fire in real battles.
Anti-tank missiles have been used successfully on many occasions in past engagements with South Vietnamese troops. But this time the tank is just a wooden one.