• Short Summary

    Heavy fighting continued in the northern provincial capital of Quang Tri following the capture of the town's central citadel by South Vietnamese marines on Friday (15 September).

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    Heavy fighting continued in the northern provincial capital of Quang Tri following the capture of the town's central citadel by South Vietnamese marines on Friday (15 September).

    Government troops trying to clear the town met stiff resistance from North Vietnamese soldiers entrenched in bunkers in the rubble of the devastated city. They were also hit by North Vietnamese artillery fire from the hills surrounding Quang Tri.

    A spokesman said North Vietnamese strength in Quang Tri appeared greater than expected.

    The capture of the citadel was announced by the High Command in Saigon on Friday after four months of bitter fighting to recapture the provincial capital. It fell when Communist forces began their offensive on May 1.

    In July, Radio Saigon prematurely announced the recapture of the citadel after a reconnaissance squad briefly penetrated the walls of the fortress.

    The South Vietnamese paid a heavy price for the capture of Quan Tri. The city has been largely destroyed by bombs and shelling and a military spokesman said 136 Government troops had been killed and nearly 700 wounded in the last week of fighting. The spokesman put North Vietnamese losses at 1,600 killed.

    SYNOPSIS: Government marines who captured the central citadel of Quang Tri on Friday were still meeting North Vietnamese resistance over the weekend in the bomb and shall blasted ruins of the city. Communist troops were entrenched in bunkers dug into the mounds of rubble.

    South Vietnamese soldiers who captured the citadel after weeks of bitter fighting for control of the town found not one building left standing. Jagged tree stumps pointed skywards from slime-filled craters littered with the bodies of North Vietnamese soldiers.

    On Friday, marines on the walls of the citadel felt that victory was in sight. It had been achieved at great cost - virtual destruction of Quang Tri and the death of one hundred and thirty six Government soldiers in the last few days of fighting. A military spokesman in Saigon said sixteen hundred Communist troops were killed inside the citadel. Even with the fortress in their hands, the South Vietnamese marines had to fight on to clear North Vietnamese troops from the surrounding rubble.

    Shells fired into the citadel from North Vietnamese artillery in the hills surrounding Guang Tri will remain a serious problem for South Vietnamese troops in the recaptured provincial capital.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABGB558F1S3WO6DA54CSFBDA7X
    Media URN:
    VLVABGB558F1S3WO6DA54CSFBDA7X
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/09/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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