• Short Summary

    SWAMPS, RICE PADDIES AND MUD PROVED TO BE A DIFFICULT ENEMY AS AMERICAN TROOPS PATROLLED THROUGH PARTS OF KIEN PHONG PROVINCE ON THE CAMBODIAN BORDER EARLY THIS WEEK DURING OPERATION EAGLE FLIGHT.

  • Description

    SWAMPS, RICE PADDIES AND MUD PROVED TO BE A DIFFICULT ENEMY AS AMERICAN TROOPS PATROLLED THROUGH PARTS OF KIEN PHONG PROVINCE ON THE CAMBODIAN BORDER EARLY THIS WEEK DURING OPERATION EAGLE FLIGHT. THE THREE-DAY OPERATION, INVOLVING TROOPS FROM THE 9TH INFANTRY DIVISION, TOOK PLACE FROM LAST SATURDAY (4 JANUARY) TO MONDAY (6 JANUARY). THE AMERICANS WERE LOOKING FOR VIET CONG IN THE AREA, 55 MILES (89 KMS) SOUTHWEST OF SAIGON, IN THE MEKONG DELTA.

    IN THE WET SWAMPS AND THE HIGH GRASS WHERE OPERATION EAGLE FLIGHT WAS BEING HELD, THE TROOPS FOUND CONDITIONS VERY DIFFICULT. MEN WERE STUCK IN MUD AND SOME HAD TO BE ASSISTED BY OTHERS WHO WERE ON MORE SOLID GROUND. LOADED WITH EQUIPMENT AND THEIR WEAPONS, THE TROOPS HAD A HARD TIME MAKING PROGRESS.

    ON MONDAY AFTERNOON, AFTER THE COMPLETION OF OPERATION EAGLE FLIGHT, U.S. INFANTRYMEN ATTACKED A VIET CONG COMPANY OF ABOUT 100 MEN ENTRENCHED IN BUNKERS NEAR CAO LANH, IN KIEN PHONG PROVINCE. IN THE 18-HOUR BATTLE, 74 MILES (118 KMS) WEST OF SAIGON, 54 VIET CONG AND 8 AMERICANS WERE REPORTED KILLED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACUEI91WE6RWYZWZI9KDSWL27
    Media URN:
    VLVACUEI91WE6RWYZWZI9KDSWL27
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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