• Short Summary

    This week for the first time in nearly nine months the biggest air battle raged over the Straits of Formosa.

  • Description

    This week for the first time in nearly nine months the biggest air battle raged over the Straits of Formosa. Four Communist MIG aircraft were reported shot down by Nationalist planes based on Matsu Island where the defence forces film stand constant vigil.

    According to the Nationalist Defence Ministry, the Communist military authorities meeting in Peking last week decided to re-open a new crisis in the Formosa Strait.

    The Nationalists said the air battle was probably the start of the crisis and claimed the number of enemy planes shot down now totalled 38 since the Communist bombardment of Quemoy began last August.

    Matsu lies at the northern end of the Strait. The Commander-in-chief of Matsu is known to hold the belief that if the Communists renew their attacks on the offshore islands, the one to bear the brunt will probably be Matsu. Our Cameraman reported the island is receiving regular supplies from Formosa. The moral of the troops is high. They have firm faith of their capability to defeat any assault on the island from the mainland.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACMTBU3UBYDZICAL2U7OOWMOJX
    Media URN:
    VLVACMTBU3UBYDZICAL2U7OOWMOJX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/07/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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