• Short Summary

    One of the bloodiest battles of the war in South Vietnam ended in victory Monday (April 24) for South Korean troops who stormed Hill 638 at An Khe, on Route-19 between Qui Hon and the Central Highlands capital of Pleiku.

    615 North Vietnamese were reported killed, as against 45 South Koreans dead.

  • Description

    One of the bloodiest battles of the war in South Vietnam ended in victory Monday (April 24) for South Korean troops who stormed Hill 638 at An Khe, on Route-19 between Qui Hon and the Central Highlands capital of Pleiku.

    615 North Vietnamese were reported killed, as against 45 South Koreans dead.

    After the battle the Communists, with superior numbers, still controlled the vital pass, and speculation grew that the Communists wanted to split South Vietnam from the Highlands to the sea.

    This Visnews film - with natural sound throughout -- follows the battle from the three-hour artillery bombardment and air strikes which opened it, to the infantry attacks in which the Koreans took the hill. The film was fed to London by satellite from Hong Kong.

    SYNOPSIS: A South Korean general studying a hill in South Vietnam's Central Highlands....
    It was the start Monday of one of the bloodiest battles of the war - the fight to recapture Hill 6-3-8, dominating An Khe pass. The Koreans - five companies strong - were trying to repone the supply line along Route-19 that run through the pass....
    For three hours the North Vietnamese positions on the hill were bombarded by artillery and airstrikes... Then the foot soldiers went in. They saw the extent of the damage done by the bombardment...

    As many as six-hundred-and-fifteen Communist troops were reported killed in the shelling, bombing and later fighting....
    For the Communists it was a reverse. But with their superior numbers they still controlled the pass itself, and so the only road link between Qui Hon on the coast and the Central Highlands capital of Pleiku... The Koreans said their assaults numbered forty-five killed and one-hundred and eight wounded...

    Communist strength in the area has increased speculation that the Communists want to split South Vietnam from the highlands to the sea.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADUKDQ881MAZGDBJ38P7RBW4W4
    Media URN:
    VLVADUKDQ881MAZGDBJ38P7RBW4W4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment