• Short Summary

    IN SOUTH VIETNAM, AUSTRALIAN TROOPS ARE TAKING PART IN WHAT HAS BECOME KNOWN AS THE BATTLE OF THE RICE BOWL.

  • Description

    IN SOUTH VIETNAM, AUSTRALIAN TROOPS ARE TAKING PART IN WHAT HAS BECOME KNOWN AS THE BATTLE OF THE RICE BOWL. WITH GOVERNMENT FORCES AND THEIR SUPPORTERS ON ONE SIDE AND THE VIETCONG ON THE OTHER, IT'S A BATTLE FOR THE RICH RICE-GROWING AREAS AROUND SAIGON.

    THE AUSTRALIAN ROLE IS TO SEARCH AND DESTROY. BUT ON THIS PRESENT MISSION, THEIR JOB HAS BEEN CONFINED TO MAINLY SEARCHING. THE VIETCONG, ELUSIVE AS EVER, STEAL FROM ONE HIDING PLACE TO ANOTHER, LEAVING BEHIND BUNKERS AND POISONOUS BAMBOO TRAPS.

    A HUGE PROTECTIVE RING OF MEN AND ARMOUR HAS BEEN THROWN AROUND THE WHOLE RICE AREA TO PREVENT THE VIETCONG FROM STEALING THE HARVEST. RICE SUPPLIES, REDUCED BY VIETCONG RAIDS AND UNITED STATES BOMBS, ARE SO SHORT THAT SOUTH VIETNAM HAS TO IMPORT EXTRA AMOUNTS FROM NEIGHBOURING THAILAND.

    HELICOPTERS SHUTTLE BACK AND FORTH FROM THE OPERATIONS AREA WITH FOOD AND AMMUNITION - AND SOMETIMES CASUALTIES. AWAY FROM THE FIGHTING, THE AUSTRALIANS MOVE INTO VILLAGES TO CARRY OUT ANOTHER OF THEIR TASKS: CARING FOR THE SICK.

    MEANWHILE, THE WAR GOES ON, WITH BOTH SIDES STEPPING UP THEIR OFFENSIVES.

    (AUSTRALIA HAS 1,500 TROOPS IN SOUTH VIETNAM).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD179RIV7MLFVNLB4DWX4BU42O
    Media URN:
    VLVAD179RIV7MLFVNLB4DWX4BU42O
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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