• Short Summary

    LED BY AMERICAN TROOPS, SOUTH VIETNAMESE FORCES HAVE STRUCK DEEP INTO CAMBODIAN TERRITORY IN A "BLITZKRIEG" AIMED AT WIPING OUT THE COMMUNIST HEADQUARTERS OF THE VIET CONG.

  • Description

    LED BY AMERICAN TROOPS, SOUTH VIETNAMESE FORCES HAVE STRUCK DEEP INTO CAMBODIAN TERRITORY IN A "BLITZKRIEG" AIMED AT WIPING OUT THE COMMUNIST HEADQUARTERS OF THE VIET CONG.

    ON FRIDAY (1ST MAY) 9,000 SOLDIERS, SUPPORTED BY HEAVY ARTILLERY AND AIR STRIKES, SWARMED ACROSS THE BORDER FROM SOUTH VIETNAM INTO THE "SANCTUARY" AREA OF CAMBODIA TO SURROUNDED AND DESTROY THE VIET CONG'S OPERATIONAL CENTRE BELIEVED TO BE THERE. THE MOVE FOLLOWED PRESIDENT NIXON'S ORDER TO SURPRISE AND WIPE OUT THE ENEMY SHELTERING IN CAMBODIA BEFORE THE MONSOON RAINS BEGIN IN JUST A FEW WEEKS.

    VILLAGERS IN THE SVEY RIENG PROVINCE ADJACENT TO THE BORDER IN CAMBODIAN TERRITORY KNOWN AS THE "FISH HOOK" WERE NOTICEABLY STARTLED TO SEE THE ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIERS AND TANKS SWEEP THROUGH THEIR QUIET COUNTRYSIDE.

    THE AMERICANS AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE PENETRATED 24 MILES INTO CAMBODIA BEFORE SEIZING PRASOUT CITY WHICH ONLY LAST WEEK WAS VIRTUALLY UNDER VIET CONG DOMINATION. THERE WAS NO SIGN OF THE VIET CONG. THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE COMMANDER, GENERAL DO CAO TRI, WAS WITH THE TROOPS WHEN THEY ENTERED THE CITY.

    IN THE FIRST 24 HOURS THE AMERICAN AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE FORCES REPORTED KILLING 202 VIET CONG AND NORTH VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS, AND CAPTURING A FURTHER 166. ONLY 2 AMERICANS WERE REPORTED KILLED IN THE SAME PERIOD. COMMUNIST COUNTRIES, INCLUDING NORTH VIETNAM, THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA, AND THE SOVIET UNION HAVE ANGRILY DENOUNCED THE INVASION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACURU3X76A1OJ4HFRHFNUK5VJB
    Media URN:
    VLVACURU3X76A1OJ4HFRHFNUK5VJB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/05/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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