• Short Summary

    South Vietnamese Rangers have clashed heavily with North Vietnamese troops in the northern coastal province of Quang Ngai, where several densely populated areas have been in danger of falling into Communist hands.

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    South Vietnamese Rangers have clashed heavily with North Vietnamese troops in the northern coastal province of Quang Ngai, where several densely populated areas have been in danger of falling into Communist hands.

    The Rangers moved into towns with armoured support, blunting the threat of North Vietnamese victories.

    Mortar and rocket firs was used to soften resistance in the well dug-in positions which the Communists have been occupying for the past two weeks. Both sides have been losing heavily in the battle for control of the province.

    One village, called Quan Lat, was cleared on Wednesday (27 September) by South Vietnamese troops after a five-hour battle. It was a vital position for the North Vietnamese in their protection of road blocks on Highway One, the strategic road leading out of the province.

    The Rangers reopened the road after two hours to help supply their troops as they took the small villages one by one in bitter fighting.

    Small dumps of North Vietnamese arms were found in captured bunkers, with Communist casualties.

    SYNOPSIS: Mortar and rocket fire rains down on North Vietnamese positions in the northern coastal province of Quang Ngai, where South and North Vietnamese troops have clashed heavily in the past few days. Ranger units moved into towns with armoured support to blunt Communist advances.

    The Communists have been occupying the well dug-in positions for the past two weeks and the fighting was bitter, with both sides losing heavily.

    This village, called Quan Lat, was cleared by South Vietnamese troops after a five-hour battle. It was a vital position for the North Vietnamese as it protected their road blocks on the strategic Highway One, the main road leading out of the province. The Rangers reopened the road after two hours.

    Small dump of North Vietnamese arms were found in captured bunkers. A number of Communist dead were left behind, indicating the intensity of the fighting and the speed of the North Vietnamese withdrawal. Clear weather in the past week has enabled the South Vietnamese to bring in men and supplies at a fast rate, in advance of the monsoon expected at any time.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADSS3EXIUENAD7GDW6VXNVLUF7
    Media URN:
    VLVADSS3EXIUENAD7GDW6VXNVLUF7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/09/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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