• Short Summary

    TWO ORDINARY CHILDREN'S PLAYTHINGS, THE BALLOON AND THE FIREWORK, ARE BEING USED TOGETHER IN SOUTH VIETNAM FOR A MUCH MORE SERIOUS REASON THAN PLEASURE - THEY ARE INCORPORATED IN A NOVEL SYSTEM TO SCATTER LEAFLETS FROM THE AIR OVER A WIDE RANGE.

  • Description

    TWO ORDINARY CHILDREN'S PLAYTHINGS, THE BALLOON AND THE FIREWORK, ARE BEING USED TOGETHER IN SOUTH VIETNAM FOR A MUCH MORE SERIOUS REASON THAN PLEASURE - THEY ARE INCORPORATED IN A NOVEL SYSTEM TO SCATTER LEAFLETS FROM THE AIR OVER A WIDE RANGE.

    THE LEAFLETS SERVE A VITAL PURPOSE FOR THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT; THEY INSTRUCT VILLAGERS NOT TO ASSIST VIET CONG AND NORTH VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS WHO MIGHT PASS THROUGH THE AREA SEEKING REFUGE OR SUPPLIES.

    SATURATION OF AN AREA WITH PRO-GOVERNMENT LEAFLETS BY THE POLITICAL WARFARE (POLWAR) UNIT ALSO SERVES THE PURPOSE OF OUTLINING THE ADVANTAGES OF DEMOCRACY WHILE CRITICISING THE NORTH VIETNAM COMMUNIST REGIME.

    THE LEAFLETS ARE TIED TO HELIUM-FILLED BALLOONS BY MEANS OF A FUSE WHICH IS CONNECTED TO AN ORDINARY FIRECRACKER. AFTER LIGHTING THE FUSE, THE LAUNCHER MERELY RELEASES HIS BALLOON, AND WHEN THE FIRECRACKER EXPLODES THE BALLOON IS BURST MID-AIR, SCATTERING THE LEAFLETS TO THE WINDS OVER A WIDE AREA.

    INCLUDED IN THE LEAFLETS ARE SAFE-CONDUCT PASSES WHICH GUARANTEE ENEMY SOLDIERS SAFE PASSAGE - WHEN THEY RALLY TO THE GOVERNMENT SIDE.

    THE POLITICAL WARFARE UNIT ALSO OPERATES ON GROUND, GIVING THE GOVERNMENT CAUSE THROUGH LOUDSPEAKERS, AND HANDING OUT BOOKLETS AND FOODSTUFFS TO THE VILLAGERS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE7Y606KMP4FTVPSMYXDUP917C
    Media URN:
    VLVAE7Y606KMP4FTVPSMYXDUP917C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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