• Short Summary

    THIS IS AN ENTIRE REGIMENT OF SOUTH VIETNAMESE ELITE FIRST DIVISION TROOPS BEING AIRLIFTED INTO LAOS BY AMERICAN HELICOPTERS.

  • Description

    THIS IS AN ENTIRE REGIMENT OF SOUTH VIETNAMESE ELITE FIRST DIVISION TROOPS BEING AIRLIFTED INTO LAOS BY AMERICAN HELICOPTERS.

    THEIR COMMITMENT REFLECTS SAIGON'S DETERMINATION TO PERSEVERE WITH THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE HO CHI MINH TRAILS. THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE ARMY, ARVN NOW HAS NINETEEN THOUSAND OF ITS BEST TROOPS INVOLVED IN THE LAOS INVASION.

    AMERICAN ADVISORS PACKED ARVN TROOPS INTO THE HELICOPTERS. BECAUSE OF THEIR SMALLER STATURE MORE VIETNAMESE CAN BE CARRIED IN ONE HELICOPTER THAN AMERICANS.

    BECAUSE OF THE ???AN ON AMERICAN GROUND PARTICIPATION IN LAOS, THE ADVISORS HAD TO STAY BEHIND. ONE EXPRESSED HIS REGRETS SAYING, "THERE ARE RULES THAT YOU DON'T LIKE, BUT YOU STILL HAVE TO OBEY THEM."
    THESE ARVN TROOPS HAD NOT FOUGHT IN LAOS PREVIOUSLY. THEY SEEMED FRESH, WELL-EQUIPPED AND DETERMINED.

    AT THE NEARBY HEADQUARTERS OF THE PARA-TROOPERS, WHO HAVE BEEN FIGHTING IN LAOS SINCE THE BEGINNING, THE MOOD WAS LESS ENTHUSIASTIC. THESE ARE AIRBORNE WOUNDED MEDIVACED OUT OF THE COMBAT AREA. THE PARATROOPERS HAVE BEEN IN HARD COMBAT AND MANY HAVE HAD MORE THAN ENOUGH.

    THE FIGURE ON THE SKID OF THE HELICOPTER IS A MAN. THE HELICOPTER HAD BEEN SENT TO EVACUATE SOME PARATROOPERS FROM A FORWARD COMBAT ZONE. THEY RUSHED THE AIRPLANE AND MOBBED IT TRYING TO ESCAPE.

    THE MAN CLINGING TO THE LANDING GEAR WAS SHOVED OUT OF THE OVERCROWDED AIRCRAFT. HE CAME HOME THIS WAY RATHER THAN STAY BEHIND IN THE FIGHTING.

    LAOTIAN
    BUT IF THE WAR IS HARD FOR THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE, IT IS ALSO TOUGH ON THE NORTHERNERS. THIS IS NGUYEN VAN DUC, NORTH VIETNAMESE CORPORAL CAPTURED IN DUC WAS INTERROGATED BY AN ARVN INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST, A LT. COLONEL. HE HAD BEEN WOUNDED IN THE MOUTH. THE NORTH VIETNAMESE TOLD EVERYTHING HE KNEW. WITHOUT REALLY EXPECTING A FRANK ANSWER I ASKED HIM WHO HE THOUGHT WOULD WIN THE WAR. NOW I THINK THE SOUTH WILL WIN, HE SAID. "THEY HAVE TOO MUCH EQUIPMENT AND ESPECIALLY THE B-52's" I ASKED WHAT HE THOUGHT WOULD HAPPEN TO HIM NOW..." I HOPE," HE SAID, "THERE MAY BE A PRISONER EXCHANGE, SO I CAN GO BACK HOME AND BE WITH MY FAMILY. CORPORAL DUC, THIRTY-FIVE DROVE A PEDICAB IN HANOI BEFORE HE WAS DRAFTED INTO THE ARMY IN 1968.

    ASIANS TO FIGHT ASIANS. THIS IS WHAT VIETNAMIZATION REALLY MEANS.

    AS THE AMERICAN COMBAT ROLE DECLINES YOU CAN EXPECT THE WAR TO GET EVEN UGLIER AND MORE BRUTAL. TOM STREITHORST, NBC NEWS, WITH THE ARVN PARATROOPERS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADGCW1196ZI03Q6GETRIOT7LEY
    Media URN:
    VLVADGCW1196ZI03Q6GETRIOT7LEY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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