At the information center in the South Vietnamese city of Quang Ngai, the ARVN's Second Division recently staged a display and rally which afforded the public greater knowledge of the enemy's weapons and tactics.
Col. Town and party
Col. Toan cuts ribbon
Official party looks at posters
Official party inspects captured weapons
Civilians look at exhibit
Soldiers prepare trench for a satchel charge
Satchel charge fused
Propellant placed in hole
Propellant covered with dirt
Satchell charge placed in trench
CU propellant fuse
Men light fuse on satchel charge, run, charge hurled thru air, explodes on hillside.
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Background: At the information center in the South Vietnamese city of Quang Ngai, the ARVN's Second Division recently staged a display and rally which afforded the public greater knowledge of the enemy's weapons and tactics. The display was opened by the Second Infantry Division Commander, Colonel Nguyen Toan, and the senior U.S. Army advisor to the Division, Colonel Carl Ulsaker. There were displays of captured enemy weapons, photographs showing killed and captured enemy troops, a show by the drama team, and an interesting demonstration of the way in which the VC lobs plastic satchel charges into a compound. Two ARVN soldiers, dressed in captured VC uniforms, staged the demonstration. First a slanting slit trench is dug in the ground, angled upward toward the target. A small charge of plastic explosive, approximately two pounds, is placed in the rear of the trench. This is the propellant. Dirt is placed over the propellant and then the satchel charge, properly fused, is placed in the trench. The fuse on the satchel charge is lighted, the propellant detonated by another device, and the satchel charge is hurled as far as a thousand yards. It's not the most sophisticated instrument of warfare, but it requires no "hardware". To launch another one, all you have to do is dig another trench.