• Short Summary

    THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE VIETNAM WAR IS THAT THE UNITED STATES FORCES HAVE JUST STARTED A LARGE SCALE OPERATION IN AN AREA SOUTH OF SAIGON, NEAR THE MAIN SHIPPING CHANNEL TO THE CAPITAL.

  • Description


    U.S. MARINES ADVANCING TOWARDS A VILLAGE WHERE THE VIETCONG HAD DECIDED TO MAKE A STAND AFTER A CHASE OF MORE THAN EIGHT HOURS. THE VIETCONG OPEN FIRED ON THE MARINES, WHO TAKE COVER AND RETURN THE BARRAGE WITH RIFLES AND MORTARS. DURING THE ACTION SEVERAL OF THE VILLAGE HUTS ARE SET ON FIRE.



    TRANSCRIPT: "THIS IS GOING TO BE A METHODICAL SEARCH, HOUSE BY HOUSE, VILLAGE BY VILLAGE AS WE MOVE NORTH... AS YOU CAN SEE WE'VE GOT MEMBERS OF THE GOLF COMPANY HERE.... WE'RE LOOKING FOR TUNNELS, CAVES - ANYWHERE THE VIETCONG MAY HIDE... WE'VE JUST RUN INTO SOME VC (VIETCONG) HERE IN THE AREA... ONE OF THEM WAS DOWN A SMALL HOLE WHEN A MINE WENT OFF..... THESE VIETCONG ARE ELUSIVE - YOU CAN'T SEE THEM - ALL YOU CAN DO IS HEAR THEM AND THE BULLETS AS THEY COME AT YOU..... THE ACTION HAS BEEN GOING ON NOW FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES, AND WE'RE STILL GOING FIRED ON BY THE VC FROM THE VILLAGE... SO FAR NONE OF US HAS BEEN ABLE TO SEE THEM YET..... WE'RE SPREAD OUT IN A LINE.... THE ENTIRE COMPANY'S SPREAD OUT ALONG THIS VILLAGE.... WE'VE BEEN CHASING THESE SINCE EIGHT O'CLOCK THIS MORNING AND IT'S NOW ABOUT 25 MINUTES UNTIL THREE O'CLOCK..... IT'S BEEN A LONG HAUL UNTIL WE FINALLY FOUND THEM... AND NOW THEY'VE DECIDED TO STAND AND FIGHT".




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    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS ITEM HAS NATURAL SOUND EFFECTS OF THE BATTLE AND THE PLATOON COMMANDER'S DESCRIPTION

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE VIETNAM WAR IS THAT THE UNITED STATES FORCES HAVE JUST STARTED A LARGE SCALE OPERATION IN AN AREA SOUTH OF SAIGON, NEAR THE MAIN SHIPPING CHANNEL TO THE CAPITAL. U.S. MARINES STORMED ASHORE AT THREE POINTS IN A REGION OF SWAPS AND WATERWAYS, WHERE SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE PAST FEW WEEKS THE VIETCONG HAVE ATTACKED COMMERCIAL SHIPPING ON ITS WAY TO SAIGON.

    OUR FILM FEATURES A RECENT "SWEEP AND CLEAR" MISSION BY U.S. MARINES ON THE PHU BANG PENINSULA, IN THE AREA OF HA TAUNG. THE ACTION IS DESCRIBED BY THE MARINE PLATOON COMMANDER, LIEUTENANT DICK NICKLIN (S.O.F.)
    LT. DICK NICKLIN'S COMMENTARY ON THE ACTION:

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACZMTVQLJK6NJLDO4ISORK69XY
    Media URN:
    VLVACZMTVQLJK6NJLDO4ISORK69XY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/03/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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