• Short Summary

    AS THE FIGHTING CONTINUED TODAY (MONDAY) IN SOUTH VIETNAM, THE FLUCTUATION OF FORTUNES OF BOTH SIDES LEFT YET ANOTHER DAY OF INDECISION ABOUT WHICH WAS LIKELY TO GAIN THE UPPER HAND IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

  • Description


    WRECKED HOUSES; REFUGEES; RUINED CHURCH; FOOD RATIONS HANDED OUT TO REFUGEES; TENTS FOR REFUGEES; SOLDIERS HELPING PEOPLE ERECT TENTS.




    Initials RM/VS/BHH/ES



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    Background: AS THE FIGHTING CONTINUED TODAY (MONDAY) IN SOUTH VIETNAM, THE FLUCTUATION OF FORTUNES OF BOTH SIDES LEFT YET ANOTHER DAY OF INDECISION ABOUT WHICH WAS LIKELY TO GAIN THE UPPER HAND IN THE NEAR FUTURE. THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE, HARD-PRESSED ALONG WITH THE AMERICANS OVER PAST DAYS BY THE VIET CONG BY RECAPTURING THE TOWN OF BAN ME THOUT, 160 MILES (260 KMS) NORTH EAST OF SAIGON, FROM VIET CONG GUERILLAS WHO HAD OCCUPIED IT FOR SEVERAL DAYS.

    BAN ME THOUT IS THE CAPITAL OF THE DARLAC PROVINCE IN THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS OF SOUTH VIETNAM. ABOUT THREE REGIMENTS OF ATTACKERS ARE SAID TO HAVE OVERRUN THE TOWN, DESTROYING A LARGE NUMBER OF BUILDINGS IN THEIR BATTLE WITH GOVERNMENT TROOPS. THEY ARE ALSO CLAIMED TO HAVE BURNED DOWN A CHURCH AND KILLED SIX AMERICAN MISSIONARIES. THE VIET CONG AND NORTH VIETNAMESE ATTACKED ON THE FIRST MORNING OF TET, THE LUNAR NEW YEAR.

    A LARGE NUMBER OF CIVILIANS ARE SAID TO HAVE BEEN KILLED AS WELL AS TROOPS ON BOTH SIDES. THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE SAY THEY TOOK 171 PRISONERS AND CAPTURED 220 WEAPONS. AT LEAST 1,500 PEOPLE ARE REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN LEFT HOMELESS. AMERICAN TROOPS HAVE BEEN PROVIDING RATIONS OF FOOD.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACU0BIDPQQD6AXM5BMXHJ7PKW5
    Media URN:
    VLVACU0BIDPQQD6AXM5BMXHJ7PKW5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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