• Short Summary

    IN PEACE TIME THE ROUTE NATIONALE I WAS THE MAIN HIGHWAY BETWEEN HANOI IN THE NORTH AND SAIGON IN THE SOUTH.

  • Description

    IN PEACE TIME THE ROUTE NATIONALE I WAS THE MAIN HIGHWAY BETWEEN HANOI IN THE NORTH AND SAIGON IN THE SOUTH. PARTITION OF VIETNAM CUT THE ROAD IN TWO, AND INTENSIVE BOMBING OF THE NORTHERN SECTION BY UNITED STATES FORCES REDUCED IT TO A WASTELAND OF MUD AND WATER.

    IN THE THREE MONTHS SINCE THE BOMBING PAUSE BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 1. 1968 HUNDREDS OF NORTH VIETNAMESE HAVE BEEN MOBILIZED TO RECONSTRUCT THE ROAD BETWEEN HANOI AND THE 17TH PARALLEL. SIMILAR WORK IS BEING UNDERTAKEN ON OTHER VITAL ROAD AND RAIL LINKS.

    IT IS ESTIMATED THAT MORE THAN 7,000 BOMBS FELL ON THIS ROAD AND THE NEARBY RAILWAY. UNEXPLODED BOMBS ADD TO THE HAZARDS OF RECONSTRUCTING THE SHATTERED ROAD, AND A SPECIAL ENGINEERING UNIT OF THE NORTH VIETNAM PEOPLE'S ARMY STANDS BY TO DETONATE THE BOMBS AS THEY ARE UNCOVERED.

    TRUCKS AND BULLDOZERS PLAY THEIR PART IN THE RECONSTRUCTION WORK, BUT THE CIVILIANS, PROTECTED BY MACHINE-GUNS AND SMALL ARMS, DO MUCH OF THE BACKBREAKING WORK EQUIPPED ONLY WITH SHOVELS OR THEIR BARE HANDS.

    IT WILL BE MONTHS BEFORE TRAFFIC CAN ONCE AGAIN USE THE ROUTE NATIONALE I.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACIIWEXSY228DA596WOVGAAGLV
    Media URN:
    VLVACIIWEXSY228DA596WOVGAAGLV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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