• Short Summary

    AMERICAN AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS, BACKED BY HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS AND ARTILLERY, WERE USED YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) TO FIGHT OFF A VIET CONG FORCE ONLY TWO MILES NORTH OF THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE, IN THE CITY CENTRE.

  • Description

    AMERICAN AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS, BACKED BY HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS AND ARTILLERY, WERE USED YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) TO FIGHT OFF A VIET CONG FORCE ONLY TWO MILES NORTH OF THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE, IN THE CITY CENTRE. FIGHTING WENT ON LATE INTO THE NIGHT AFTER THE MARINES CLAIMED TO HAVE KILLED 17 GUERILLAS.

    THE FIGHTING WAS THE CLOSEST TO THE CITY CENTRE SINCE THE WEEK-LONG VIET CONG OFFENSIVE IN THE SAIGON AREA AT THE START OF THIS MONTH. A PALL OF BLACK SMOKE HUNG OVER THE BATTLE AREA, WHERE FIGHTING STARTED ON SUNDAY AS VIET CONG AND NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS MOVED INTO THE CITY AFTER SNEAKING THROUGH THE "RING OF STEEL" DEFENCE AROUND THE CAPITAL.

    SEVERAL THOUSAND REFUGEES FLED FOR SAFETY AMID THE CRASH OF ARTILLERY SHELLS AND CLATTER OF MACHINE GUNS. OVERHEAD THE HUEY HELICOPTER GUNSHIPS RAKED THE VIET CONG POSITIONS WITH ROCKET AND MACHINE GUN FIRE.

    THE LATEST OFFENSIVE IN THE CAPITAL COMES AT A TIME WHEN THE AMERICANS HAVE SUFFERED RECORD CASUALTIES. IN THE PAST FORTNIGHT 1107 AMERICANS HAVE BEEN KILLED BRINGING THIS YEAR'S AMERICANS DEAD IN VIETNAM OF 7,504.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADI5VT09M8F67PVPFSMLUTQZ3D
    Media URN:
    VLVADI5VT09M8F67PVPFSMLUTQZ3D
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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