Thousands of refugees were fleeing from a North Vietnamese advance into Quang Tri Province in South Vietnam during the weekend.
Thousands of refugees were fleeing from a North Vietnamese advance into Quang Tri Province in South Vietnam during the weekend. An estimated ten or twenty thousand were making their way on foot to what they hoped was safety in Quang Tri City -- but reporters there said the City itself, the country's northern capital, was the initial target for the North Vietnamese tanks, artillery and infantry.
United States military posts were also abandoned during the weekend in the face of the offensive, the heaviest since 1968. Troops were evacuated by helicopter after setting fire to the bases and destroying everything not instantly removable. Reinforcements or about 12,000 South Vietnamese troops were being rushed in to Quang Tri City to help the heavily out-numbered South Vietnamese army there.
Heavy fighting on land and in the air was taking place as the 40,000-strong North Vietnamese force swept through the norther quarter of South Vietnam, overrunning at least half the province by Monday (April 3).
SYNOPSIS: An estimated ten to twenty thousand South Vietnamese refugees were fleeing a forty-thousand-strong North vietnamese offensive during the weekend. The attack, the heaviest since 1968, swept virtually unchecked through the northern half of Quang Tri Province. And as the refugees fled to what they thought was safety in Quang Tri City, the country's northern capital, United States troops were also withdrawing. A reporter on the spot takes up the story.....