The South Vietnamese Command has transferred an airborne brigade form Saigon to Phu Bai -- the airbase south of Hue.
The South Vietnamese Command has transferred an airborne brigade form Saigon to Phu Bai -- the airbase south of Hue. Trucks and artillery have also been flown in, and tons of ammunition have been brought by barge to the nearby naval base. The elite airborne troops are used by the South Vietnamese as reserve forces. The group seen in this film from the American National Broadcasting Company was filmed on Thursday (May 11). It was fighting in the Central Highlands one week earlier, and took heavy casualties before being withdrawn to Saigon for a rest.
Their committal to the front around Hue is taken as a sign of Government anxiety over the future of the ancient capital city.
SYNOPSIS: In the north of South Vietnam, Government forces took advantage of a lull in the fighting last week to bring in fresh troops and equipment....
Transport planes lifted an airborne brigade from Saigon to Phu Bai - the airbase south of Hue. These airborne units are used by the South Vietnamese as reserves, because of their strength and mobility....
Just one week earlier the group filmed here had been involved in heavy fighting in South Vietnam's Central Highlands. After suffering heavy casualties they were withdrawn to Saigon for a rest before being sent up to Hue.
With fierce fighting on three fronts - the Central Highlands, the An Loc region north of Saigon and here round Hue - the fact that these troops have been committed to Hue indicates great South Vietnamese concern for the future of the ancient capital....