• Short Summary

    AS THE WAR IN SOUTH VIETNAM DRAGS ON, GOVERNMENT FORCES IN THE COUNTRY ARE MAINTAINING STRICT SECURITY MEASURES IN TOWN'S NORTH OF THE CAPITAL, SAIGON, AS THEY WAIT FOR AN EXPECTED INTENSIFICATION OF FIGHTING BY THE VIETCONG DURING THE RAINY SEASON.

  • Description

    1.
    AERIAL VIEW KONTUM
    0.07

    2.
    AERIAL VIEW VILLAGE (2 SHOTS)
    0.16

    3.
    GV PAN MAIN STREET
    0.23

    4.
    GV & SV PEOPLE IN STREET (2 SHOTS)
    0.30

    5.
    GV & SV FARMERS WITH CATTLE (2 SHOTS)
    0.37

    6.
    SV SOUTH VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS PATROL
    0.44

    7.
    GV CHRISTIAN SHRINE
    0.46

    8.
    GV VIETNAMESE GIRLS AT SHRINE
    0.51

    9.
    SCU STATUE OF VIRGIN MARY
    0.53

    10.
    GV PAN GIRLS WALKING
    1.00

    11.
    SV SOLDIER PATROLS
    1.04

    12.
    TRAVELLING SHOT STREETS
    1.07

    13.
    TRAVELLING SHOTS BUILDINGS (2 SHOTS)
    1.19

    14.
    GV PAN SOUTH VIETNAMESE MAN PAN TO SOLDIER ON GUARD
    1.32

    15.
    GV & SCU GUARD
    1.37

    16.
    CU SIGN: "DUNG LAI" "STOP"
    1.39

    17.
    GV BARRIER LIFTED,
    1.41

    18.
    GV PAN JEEP GOES THROUGH
    1.45

    19.
    CU SOLDIER
    1.47

    20.
    SV SEARCH UNDERNEATH OF JEEP (2 SHOTS)
    2.00

    21.
    SV CHECK INSIDE JEEP
    2.03

    22.
    SV & CU CIVILIAN BEING SEARCHED (3 SHOTS)
    2.21

    23.
    GV PAN WIRE BARRICADE AROUND COMPOUND
    2.31

    24.
    GV PAN FROM COMPOUND TO SCU GUARD
    2.37

    25.
    GV GUARD
    2.40

    26.
    AERIAL VIEW
    2.44

    27.
    AERIAL COUNTRY AROUND KONTUM
    2.47

    28.
    AERIAL V LOW MIST
    2.53



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: AS THE WAR IN SOUTH VIETNAM DRAGS ON, GOVERNMENT FORCES IN THE COUNTRY ARE MAINTAINING STRICT SECURITY MEASURES IN TOWN'S NORTH OF THE CAPITAL, SAIGON, AS THEY WAIT FOR AN EXPECTED INTENSIFICATION OF FIGHTING BY THE VIETCONG DURING THE RAINY SEASON. ONE OF THE TOWNS D IS KONTUM, IN KONTUM PROVINCE, IN CENTRAL VIETNAM. KONTUM, THE SCENE OF PAST BATTLES BETWEEN GOVERNMENT FORCES AND VIETCONG GUERILLAS, IS 35 MILES (56 KILOMETRES) FROM LAOS, AND IS NORMALLY CONNECTED WITH SOUTHERN AREAS OF VIETNAM BY THREE MAJOR HIGHWAYS, ALL CUT AT PRESENT.

    KONTUM HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 110-THOUSAND PEOPLE, CONSISTING MAINLY OF MEMBERS OF THE MONTAGNARD TRIBE - A RACE WHICH IS PREDOMINANTLY ROMAN CATHOLIC IN RELIGION. THE TOWN IS SITUATED IN MOUNTAINOUS AND HEAVILY TIMBERED TERRAIN. SOUTH VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES THINK THAT KONTUM MAY BE ONE OF THE TOWNS CONSIDERED BY THE VIETCONG AS A LIKELY CENTRE TO ESTABLISH A REBEL "GOVERNMENT". THE AUTHORITIES BASE THEIR ASSUMPTION ON THE PROXIMITY OF KONTUM TO THE LAOS BORDER, AND ON THE FACT THAT THE TOWN IS SURROUNDED BY RUGGED TERRAIN, IDEAL COVER FOR GUERILLA BANDS. ALSO, INTELLIGENCE REPORTS FROM THE AREA SOMETIMES TAKE AS LONG AS SEVERAL DAYS TO REACH GOVERNMENT TROOPS. SOUTH VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES ESTIMATE THE VIETCONG HAS AS MANY SOLDIERS IN KONTUM PROVINCE AS THE GOVERNMENT - ABOUT TWO THOUSAND MEN EACH.

    GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS BELIEVE THAT IF THE VIETCONG HAVE SPECIALLY EARMARKED KONTUM THEY WILL BEGIN THEIR ACTIVITIES VERY SOON, POSSIBLY WITHIN THREE WEEKS. A MILITARY COMPOUND AT KONTUM, MAINTAINED BY SOUTH VIETNAM TROOPS AND A NUMBER OF UNITED STATES SERVICEMEN, HAS BEEN ATTACKED BY THE VIETCONG IN THE PAST, AND A TWENTY-FOUR VIGIL IS MAINTAINED NOW IN CASE OF FURTHER ATTACKS.

    ANOTHER FACTOR WHICH SOUTH VIETNAM AUTHORITIES BELIEVE MAY INDUCE THE VIETCONG TO SHORTLY COMMENCE A CAMPAIGN FOR THE TOWN IS THAT DURING THE RAINY SEASON NOW BEGINNING VISIBILITY IS POOR, GREATLY REDUCING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ANY AERIAL SUPPORT WHICH COULD BE MOUNTED AGAINST THE GUERILLAS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADLNZDGU402DOBLYR98AG3QN2F
    Media URN:
    VLVADLNZDGU402DOBLYR98AG3QN2F
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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