• Short Summary

    ABOUT 1500 UNITED STATES PARATROOPERS PARACHUTED ON TO A SIMULATED BATTLEFIELD IN A SOUTH KOREAN VALLEY SOUTH OF SEOUL YESTERDAY (MONDAY) TO TAKE PART IN "FOCUS RETINA", THE LONGEST AIRBORNE ASSAULT EXERCISE IN HISTORY.

  • Description

    ABOUT 1500 UNITED STATES PARATROOPERS PARACHUTED ON TO A SIMULATED BATTLEFIELD IN A SOUTH KOREAN VALLEY SOUTH OF SEOUL YESTERDAY (MONDAY) TO TAKE PART IN "FOCUS RETINA", THE LONGEST AIRBORNE ASSAULT EXERCISE IN HISTORY. PRESIDENT CHUNG HEE PARK AND OTHER SOUTH KOREAN LEADERS WATCHED THE DROP.

    ABOUT 700 OF THE PARATROOPS, A BATTALION OF THE UNITED STATES AIRBORNE DIVISION'S SECOND BRIGADE, WERE DROPPED AFTER A 8,500 MILE (13,840 KM) FLIGHT WITH ONLY REFUELLING DROPS FROM POPE AIR FORCE BASE IN NORTH CAROLINA. THE OTHER 800 MEN, FROM THE BRIGADE'S OTHER BATTALION, WERE AIRLIFTED TO SOUTH KOREA A WEEK AGO FOR THE FOUR DAY EXERCISE.

    AFTER THEIR DROP THE PARATROOPERS LINKED UP WITH A BRIGADE OF AMERICAN TROOPS STATIONED IN KOREA AND SOUTH KOREAN FORCES.

    THE EXERCISE IS DESIGNED TO DEMONSTRATE THE ABILITY OF THE UNITED STATES TO MEET IT'S TREATY COMMITMENTS WITH SOUTH KOREA AND OTHER COUNTRIES IN ASIA. IT BEGAN A DAY BEHIND SCHEDULE BECAUSE OF A SNOWFALL ON SUNDAY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAE9ZALV7KUGQ4PQH0F88XNP2ZH
    Media URN:
    VLVAE9ZALV7KUGQ4PQH0F88XNP2ZH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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