• Short Summary

    SOME 7,000 US TROOPS ARE ON EXERCISES, NAMED CLEAR LAKE, AT EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA (MAY 25-JUNE 10) - ONE GROUP OF THEM, FILMED JUNE 1-2, ARE THE AIR COMMANDOS, TRAINING IN JUNGLE WARFARE.

  • Description


    1/s firing squad



    m/s firing squad



    1/s line up 8" howitzer gun crew



    1/s 8" howitzer



    m/s pan 8" howitzer



    m/s another angle



    1/s rear angle



    1/s another angle



    m/cu Sgt. receives order to fire



    1/s crew run for gun and load



    c/u loading



    c/u Sgt. gives 'fire'



    1/s cameramen readying to film firing of Honest John



    m/s cameraman ditto



    1/s General Adams arrives



    c/u ditto



    1/s Gen. Adams looks at Honest John



    1/s Firing Honest John



    1/s Dust and smoke after firing



    1/ms Wing Commander Bennett RAF & Gen. Adams



    c/u W.C Bennett



    c/u Gen. Adams



    1/s W.C. Bennett & Gen. Adams



    Big c/u W.C. Bennett



    c/u nameplate W.C. Bennett RAF



    1/s Gen. Adams leaves



    1/s Shells landing target area in torrential rain (could be Honest John landing on target)



    1/s infantry move in



    1/s zoom to c/u infantry move in



    1/s anti-tank 3.5 launcher fires




    Initials JRG/V/WH/SR JRG/V/WS/SR



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: SOME 7,000 US TROOPS ARE ON EXERCISES, NAMED CLEAR LAKE, AT EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FLORIDA (MAY 25-JUNE 10) - ONE GROUP OF THEM, FILMED JUNE 1-2, ARE THE AIR COMMANDOS, TRAINING IN JUNGLE WARFARE.

    UNDER THE COMMAND OF US GENERAL PAUL ADAMS, A KOREAN WAR SOLDIER, THE AIR COMMANDOS USE A WIDE RANGE AIRCRAFT, EQUIPPED WITH ROCKETS AND NAPALM BOMBS, TO PARACHUTE INTO ANY TROUBLE SPOT ABROAD. TROOPS OF THEIR UNIT, HAVE IN FACT, SERVED ABROAD ALREADY - TRAINING A PARACHUTE COMPANY IN THE AFRICAN REPUBLIC OF MALI, AND NATIONAL AIRCREWS IN SOUTH VIETNAM.

    JUNGLE TRAINING IS A VITAL PART OF THE AIR COMMANDOS' SERVICE. SHOWN TO NEWSMEN WERE COMMUNIST VIET-CONG GUERILLA BOOBY TRAPS FOUND BY US TROOPS SERVING IN SOUTH VIETNAM - RIFLES TRIGGERED BY TRIP WIRES, SPIKED BARRIERS SPRING ACROSS A PATH AND BARBS SET IN THE JUNGLE FLOOR TO SPIKE THE ENEMY'S FEET. SPECIAL US ARMY BOOTS WITH METAL PLATES AS ADDITIONAL SOLES COUNTER THE LATTER TRAP.

    EXERCISE CLEAR LAKE ALSO FEATURES CONVENTIONAL WARFARE, WITH WEAPONS INCLUDING EIGHT-INCH HOWITZERS, ANTI-TANK AND 'HONEST JOHN' ROCKETS - SOME FIRING NUCLEAR WARHEADS.

    THE TROOPS BELONG TO THE "UNITED STATES STRIKE COMMAND" SET UP LAST YEAR ON ORDERS OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY TO HELP MEET THE RISING GUERILLA OUTBREAKS IN THE WORLD - IN PARTICULAR IN LAOS AND SOUTH VIETNAM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE72PZ76IR6W60XRDKX9VFFEIC
    Media URN:
    VLVAE72PZ76IR6W60XRDKX9VFFEIC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/06/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:28:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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