• Short Summary

    THIS IS BINH GIA - SCENE OF THE LONGEST AND LARGEST BATTLE IN THE WAR AGAINST THE COMMUNIST VIETCONG.

  • Description

    THIS IS BINH GIA - SCENE OF THE LONGEST AND LARGEST BATTLE IN THE WAR AGAINST THE COMMUNIST VIETCONG. IT LIES FORTY MILES SOUTH EAST OF SAIGON. THE FIGHTING TURNED INTO ONE OF THE COASTLIEST BATTLES OF THE WAR FOR THE GOVERNMENT WITH AN ESTIMATED 200 KILLED, 190 WOUNDED AND 65 MISSING.

    ITS INHABITANTS ARE ALL ROMAN CATHOLICS AND MOST ARE REFUGEES FROM NORTH VIETNAM. THEY ARE CONSIDERED AMONG THE MOST PRO-GOVERNMENT IN SOUTH VIETNAM AND VERY STRONGLY ANTI-COMMUNIST.

    ON DECEMBER 29, A FORCE OF VIETCONG ROUGHLY ESTIMATED ABOUT 2,000 OR MORE OCCUPIED THE TOWN AND ANNOUNCED TO THE TOWNSPEOPLE THAT THEY WERE THERE TO STAY. THEY FORCED THE PEOPLE TO DIG FOXHOLES FOR THEM IN THE TOWN AND AROUND THE PERIMETER.

    GOVERNMENT TROOPS WERE LIFTED INTO THE AREA AND ATTEMPTED TO ENTER THE TOWN BUT ERE REPULSED BY THE VIETCONG. MORE TROOPS WERE LANDED AND EVENTUALLY GOVERNMENT FORCES GAINED A FOOTHOLD IN THE VILLAGE. THE BATTLE CONTINUED WITH HEAVY GOVERNMENT AND VIETCONG LOSSES. ABOUT 150 VIETCONG BODIES WERE LEFT IN THE VILLAGE.

    THE MAIN FIGHTING FINALLY CEASED ON 3RD JANUARY, AND SINCE THEN GOVERNMENT FORCES HAVE ATTEMPTED TO LOCATE THE COMMUNISTS. BUT SO FAR HAVE FAILED TO MAKE SIGNIFICANT CONTACT.

    THE VIETCONG ARE VERY HARD FOR THE GOVERNMENT TROOPS TO LOCATE IN THIS TYPE OF COUNTRY AS THEY CAMOUFLAGE THEMSELVES SO WELL WHEN THE TROOPS ARE ABOUT THAT THEY CAN BE PASSED FROM A DISTANCE OF A FEW FEET UNDETECTED. HOWEVER, ARMED HELICOPTERS AND SKYRAIDERS CONTINUE TO PATROL THE NEARBY COUNTRYSIDE WHERE IT'S THOUGHT THE VIETCONG ARE STILL HIDING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE4FBA4DTXQCROTD8OGEGJTUQF
    Media URN:
    VLVAE4FBA4DTXQCROTD8OGEGJTUQF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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