Communist forces in South Vietnam have intensified their drive to gain territory in case a ceasefire in declared.
GV My Thanh village houses
SV Soldiers enter village
CU ZOOM BACK Tank firing
LV Village in distance
GV Tank firing
SCU leg of wounded soldier PULL OUT TO soldiers watching as medics treat him (2 shots)
GV Soldiers going over dead man
GV & CU Villagers small camp and cattle (4 shots)
SV Villagers digging
TRACKING SHOT Refugee camps along roadway
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Background: Communist forces in South Vietnam have intensified their drive to gain territory in case a ceasefire in declared.
In the past few days, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops attacked ad occupied twenty-one villages around Saigon and in the Mekong Delta--but Government forces say they've now recaptured all but five, in the fiercest fighting since the Spring.
One such village is My Thanh, just outside Saigon. Communist troops infiltrated into My Thanh on Friday night (27 October) with the aim of holding it. Under the terms of a ceasefire, they would then hold on to the village.
But South Vietnamese forces had other ideas. They launched a fierce counter attack and succeeded in regaining the disputed village. Three of their men were wounded, but the Communists paid a higher price--three men dead.
As usual, though, the most consistent sufferers were the villagers. At fur o'clock in the morning they had to leave their homes for a makeshift camp one mile away. With them they took as much as they, and their animals, could carry.
If the village survives the contest, they'll move back.