• Short Summary

    UNITED STATES AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE FORCES HAVE BEEN STEPPING UP PRECAUTIONS AGAINST INFILTRATION INTO SAIGON.?

  • Description

    UNITED STATES AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE FORCES HAVE BEEN STEPPING UP PRECAUTIONS AGAINST INFILTRATION INTO SAIGON. IN A MASS AIR RAID YESTERDAY (SATURDAY) AMERICAN B-52 BOMBERS DROPPED ABOUT 1,200 TONS OF EXPLOSIVES ALONG THE SO-CALLED "SAIGON INVASION CORRIDOR", AND SECURITY PRECAUTIONS HAVE ALSO BEEN STRENGTHENED FOR TRAFFIC IN AND OUT OF SAIGON.

    THE STRIKE SHOWN IN THIS FILM WAS 55 MILES (88 KMS.) SOUTH-WEST OF SAIGON, IN VINH PROVINCE, JUST SOUTH OF THE MEKONG RIVER IN THE MEKONG DELTA. A VIET CONG BATTALION WAS REPORTED IN THE AREA A FEW HOURS BEFORE THE AIR STRIKE, BUT NO CASUALTY FIGURES HAVE BEEN RELEASED.

    THE B-52 BOMBERS DROPPED 500 POUND (226 KG.) AND 750 POUND BOMBS ON THEIR APPOINTED TARGET, BLACKENING OUT AND BURNING MOST OF THE FOLIAGE WITHIN RANGE.

    IN A MORE IMMEDIATE ATTEMPT TO COME TO GRIPS WITH INFILTRATION,ACCESS ROADS TO SAIGON HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UNDER TIGHTER POLICE CONTROL. THE MAIN ROAD RUNNING NORTH TO BIEN HOA NOW HAS A SERIES OF ROAD BLOCKS. MOTORISTS, CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS ARE BEING STOPPED FOR IDENTIFICATION CHECKS AND A SEARCH OF LUGGAGE. TRUCKS ARE BEING SEARCHED FOR CONCEALED EXPLOSIVES.

    IT IS KNOW THAT MANY VIET CONG HAVE ALREADY INFILTRATED THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE CAPITAL, AND IT IS THOUGHT THAT THOUSANDS MORE ARE STANDING BY OUTSIDE THE CITY TO TAKE PART IN THE "THIRD OFFENSIVE".

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACDWN2O8BDIWRD7EV2MWTC6XO9
    Media URN:
    VLVACDWN2O8BDIWRD7EV2MWTC6XO9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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