• Short Summary

    Nationalist China mobilised maximum defence measures on Formosa for the June 18 visit to the capital Taipei of President Eisenhower.

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    LS Infantry recruits at double on Formosa



    MS Ditto



    MS Commanding officer arrives to inspect recruits



    MCU New recruits



    MS Radar-man on telephone



    MCU Ditto



    LS Anti-aircraft crew drill on Formosa



    MS Ditto crew loads and unloads



    LS Troops on stomach approach barbed wire obstacle



    MS Chinese writing - slogan by Chiang Kai-shek on Quemoy hill



    LS Pan Shell-destroyed house, boy picks up tiles



    MCU Village girl tends brother while parents rebuild homes



    TV Quemoy, largest town on Quemoy Island, often shelled



    MS Business as usual. Open store fronts



    MS Cabbages watered on Quemoy



    LS View to Communist-held island 1,400 yards away



    MS Sentry on Quemoy behind fortifications Telephoto: Communist-held island. In haze: mainland



    MS Gun takes aim



    LS HQ underground



    TV Infantry squad dug in on Quemoy



    MCU Washing up in deep trenches



    LS Vaudeville group's open air show



    MS Girl and entertainers execute rock 'n roll



    LS Troops show approval



    LS Soldiers with propaganda balloons



    LS Balloons with slogans released. Such balloons will be used to float messages of Eisenhower's visit in Taiwan to Communist-Chinese mainland.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Nationalist China mobilised maximum defence measures on Formosa for the June 18 visit to the capital Taipei of President Eisenhower. On Quemoy Island, 100 miles from mainland China, troops underwent strenuous training in simulated battle conditions June 10.

    Alerted under renewed but sporadic shelling from the mainland, the troops and recruits - part of the 600,000 - strong Armed Forces - met the tense conditions of threatened attack and bombardment from Communist China similar to those experienced during the visit of the late John Foster Dulles to Taipei two years ago.

    Despite the cancellation in the Far East tour of President Eisenhower to Tokyo, announced June 16, the scheduled visit to Taipei remained unchanged though the Seoul visit was advanced one day.

    Meanwhile on the 135-mile long Quemoy battered since August 1958 by more than 5 600,000 shells, the troops of the artillery units return the mainland fire shell for shell. In leisure moments entertainers sing in stage shows to maintain cheer and comradeship. Vaudeville is popular. Entertainers, may of them recruited from army ranks put on open air shows for the troops emerging from dug-in-positions during lulls in the firing.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEI08UHIBKVLV2CYSZ2IEL3463
    Media URN:
    VLVAEI08UHIBKVLV2CYSZ2IEL3463
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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