This week for the first time in nearly nine months the biggest air battle raged over the Straits of Formosa.
GV Matsu Island
GV Fishing Village
TV Fishermen Dry Nets and Pots
LV Fishermen Pull in Nets.
SV Fishermen Pull in Nets.
GV Street Scene with Troops on Patrol
GTV Soldiers March out of Cave to Beach Head
TV Soldiers March out of Cave to Beach Head
GV Troops Dig In.
CV Soldiers fill Sand Bags
LV Soldiers drive in Poles on Beach Head.
GV Soldiers Move Stones
GV School Children Run Air Raid Shelters, when alert is Sounded
GV Troops running out of Water toward to shelter.
LV Shopkeepers closing shops
SV Women and Children climbing hill to take shelter.
SV Women and Children in Shelter
GV Army look-out post
SV Troops prepare heavy gun
LV Loading gun
GV Landing Craft Approaches Matsu Island
GV Ditto shot from ships Side
GV Approaching Island
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Background: 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.