• Short Summary

    THE ACCOMPANYING FILM IS FOR BACKGROUND ON STORIES RELATING TO FIGHTING IN LAOS
    THE SHOTS INCORPORATED IN IT WERE TAKEN TWO MONTHS AGO IN LAOS, AND ARE INTENDED TO GIVE LAOS ATMOSPHERE.

  • Description

    THE ACCOMPANYING FILM IS FOR BACKGROUND ON STORIES RELATING TO FIGHTING IN LAOS
    THE SHOTS INCORPORATED IN IT WERE TAKEN TWO MONTHS AGO IN LAOS, AND ARE INTENDED TO GIVE LAOS ATMOSPHERE.

    THE LANDLOCKED KINGDOM OF LAOS IS SURROUND BY SIX COUNTRIES, CHINA, NORTH VIETNAM, SOUTH VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, THAILAND AND BURMA.

    IT IS MOSTLY HILLY IN THE NORTH AND EAST AND THE GREAT MEKONG RIVER PASSES THROUGH LAOS AND THE CAPITAL VIENTIANE PRONOUNCED VEE-EN-TIANE IS ON THE BANKS OF MEKONG VERT NEAR THE THAI BORDER.

    COMMUNICATIONS IS VERY POOR, SO POOR THAT THE POPULAR FORM OF TRANSPORT FOR OFFICIALS FOR IS SHALL PLANES. ELEPHANTS WERE LARGELY IN USE TILL RECENTLY FOR OFFICIAL VISITS TO COUNTRIES.

    PEOPLE OF CHINESE AND THAT STOCK ARE BUDDHISTS AND PEACE LOVING. THEY SUMMER ABOUT THERE MILLION OCCUPYING MOSTLY LAND NEAR MEKONG BANKS. AGRICULTURE IS THE MAIN OCCUPATION WHILE TOBACCO AND OPIUM IS ALSO GROWN.

    HANDICRAFTS FLOURISH IN LAOS. MOST OF THE CLOTHING FOR WOMEN AND MEN ARE WOVEN ON HANDLOOMS, WITH PATTERNS GREATLY INFLUENCED BY INDIA, AND THAILAND. THE PEOPLE ARE FOND OF GOLD AND SILVER AND THEY ARE EXCELLENT WORKERS ON THESE METALS. GOLD THREAD IS COMMONLY WOVEN INTO CLOTH FOR WOMEN.

    THE COUNTRY CAME UNDER THE FRENCH IN LATE 19TH CENTURY, AND FORMED A PART OF THE FORMER INDO-CHINA STATES.

    JAPANESE DISPLACED FRENCH IN LAST WAR. IN SEPTEMBER 1945 KING OF LUANG PRABANG, ONE OF THE TWO MONARCHS OF LAOS, WAS PROCLAIMED THE KING OF LAOS. HE WAS OVERTHROWN BY A NEWLY FORMED PROVISIONAL ASSEMBLY BECAUSE THE KING WAS ALLEGEDLY LOYAL TO THE FRENCH.

    THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT WAS DRIVEN OUT BY FRENCH FORCES IN MAY 1946, AND A FREE LAO MOVEMENT WAS SET UP IN THAILAND.

    BY A TREATY IN OCTOBER 1953, FRENCH RECOGNIZED THE INDEPENDENCE OF LAOS AND LAOS ELECTED TO REMAIN IN THE FRENCH UNION.

    DURING INDO-CHINA WAR, THERE WAS LITTLE GUERRILLA ACTIVITY IN LAOS, UNTIL APRIL 1953, THROUGH THE PATENT LAO (LAND OF LAO) MOVEMENT UNDER PRINCE SOUPHANOUVONG, WAS FORMED IN NORTH VIETNAM IS 1950 TO FIGHT THE FRENCH.

    WHEN THE COMMUNIST NORTH VIETNAM FORCES ATTACKED NORTHERN AND CENTRAL LAOS IN 1953 AND 1954, THEY BROUGHT WITH THEM NUMBER OF MILITARY UNITS CONTROLLED BY PATHET LAO AND THESE PATHET LAO FORCES SOON CONTROLLED THE TWO NORTHERN PROVINCES OF SAM NEUA AND PHONG SALY.

    IN 1954 GENEVA CONFERENCE THAT ENDED THE INDO-CHINA WAR, PATHET LAO WAS NOT ADMITTED, BUT THE AGREEMENT REACHED ON JULY 20, 1954 SET ASIDE THESE TWO NORTHERN PROVINCES FOR PROVISIONAL REGROUPING OF PATHET LAO FORCES PENDING THEIR INTEGRATION IN ROYAL LAOTIAN ARMY.

    WITHDRAWAL AND REGROUPING OF PATHET LAO FORCES WAS OFFICIALLY COMPLETED IN NOVEMBER 1954.

    BUT TILL NOW THE INTEGRATION OF PATHET LAO FORCES WITH ROYAL ARMY WAS NOT ACTUALLY FULLY ACHIEVED.

    RECENTLY ONE BATTALION OF PATHET LAO FORCES ESCAPED TO NORTHERN MOUNTAINS AGAIN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADZI2UWR8CQGY6O6O94PR9Q6Q4
    Media URN:
    VLVADZI2UWR8CQGY6O6O94PR9Q6Q4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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