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    United States Intelligence officers in South Vietnam warned on Thursday
    y (4 May) that the expected North Vietnamese assault on the former imperial capital of Hue can only be a matter of days away.

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    United States Intelligence officers in South Vietnam warned on Thursday
    y (4 May) that the expected North Vietnamese assault on the former imperial capital of Hue can only be a matter of days away.

    The city is of special significance to the Vietnamese people. It??? the former imperial capital - and long an important intellectual and religious centre.

    With the fall of Quang Tri last week, the flow of refugees quickly ???oubled Hue's normal population of about 150-thousand. Now many of the refugees have joined the residents of Hue in fleeing still further south ??? the fighting gets nearer.

    Hue was all but destroyed during the ???et offensive in 1968. On that occasion more than 110-thousand people were made homeless in the city and dozens of public buildings and homes were reduced to rubble.

    The fighting in 1968 lasted a month - and when it was over the people returned and rebuilt their city.

    With the new North Vietnamese offensive several major South Vietnamese military units have been moved to the Hue area to reinforce the ???organised South Vietnamese troops that have withdrawn to the city From Quang Tri.

    This Visnews Library compilation shows the South Vietnamese troop ???oving into Hue in recent days, the refugees living in the streets of Hue, ???ttle scenes during the 1968 Tet Offensive, wrecked buildings in Hue after the fighting, rebuilding being carried out, and residents shopping in the market place.

    SYNOPSIS:A South Vietnamese military column moves towards the former imperial capital of Hue. Reinforcements are being sent to the area as the threat of a major North Vietnamese attack on the city grows day by day.

    The fall of Quang Tri has left the road to Hue open to the Communists - and it's a road already well trodden by thousands of refugees now camping out in the streets of Hue.

    The refugees doubled the population of Hue while fighting at Quang Tri was at its height. Now, with warnings from United States Intelligence of an impending Communist attack on Hue many thousands of refugees have moved on.. to safer areas further south
    It the attack comes it will be nothing new for the people of Hue. A month of oitter street fighting during the Tet offensive of 1968 reduced much of the city to ru???le and left 113-thousand of the 145-thousand residents without homes.

    Casualties were enormous... and for weeks the bodies of dead soldiers and civilians lay unburied among the debris of shattered buildings. For the Vietnamese, the destruction of Hue was particularly painful. It holds a unique position in South Vietnamese life. As one-time imperial capital it housed many of Vietnam's proudest old buildings - but It's also loved and ???cted ??? a r??? and intellectual centre. It was the determination of the United States and South Vietnamese troops to hold this city at all costs that finally turned the tide in the ???t off??? of 1968. With a now ??? in 1972. South Vietnamese ??? again c???n???ous of ??? psychological ???
    A huge rebuilding programme in Hue followed the end of the Tet offensive. Those buildings that could be saved were repaired -- while new buildings sprang up to replace those destroyed in the fighting. Hundreds of tons of cement made Hue liveable again.

    The intervening years have seen Hue re-emerge as a major cultural and business centre -- with a flourishing market place.

    As more reinforcements fly in to the nearby Phu Bai airbase, residents as well as refugees are hastily moving south. Just how close the Comm??? have come was emphasised on Wednesday when seven Communist rockets struck this base. None did any damage - but they were a timely reminder to the South Vietnamese troops that at Hue they could to fighting one of the most crucial battles of the Indo-China war.

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