With United States forces in Vietnam at their lowest level since 1965, military commanders there have changed tactics in their fight against Viet Cong guerrillas.
With United States forces in Vietnam at their lowest level since 1965, military commanders there have changed tactics in their fight against Viet Cong guerrillas. Instead of heavy ground force assaults on communist positions, the Americans are now striking against suspected encampments with small, heavily-armed, lightly-equipped patrols landed by assault helicopters and supported from the air by heavily-armed Cobra helicopter gunships. The gunships are a vital factor in such strikes -- for American troops admit that, despite their skill, they would be no match for the highly-trained and experienced jungle guerrillas without such effective air support.
As military operations for the expected major communist assault next week swing into top gear, this film takes a close look at the new air-ground strike tactics being used. Camera teams covered one entire mission -- from base preparations of the Cobra gunships, the helicopter attacking runs on target areas and the landing of troops there, troop strikes against suspected Viet Cong encampments, and withdrawal by helicopter after action.