• Short Summary

    It was to be a routine handover at Bien Hoa airbase in South Vietnam on Sunday (25 March) when four hundred Vietcong prisoners of war arrived to be flown to Quang Tri City and eventual reunification with their forces on the northern side of the Thach Han river.

  • Description

    It was to be a routine handover at Bien Hoa airbase in South Vietnam on Sunday (25 March) when four hundred Vietcong prisoners of war arrived to be flown to Quang Tri City and eventual reunification with their forces on the northern side of the Thach Han river.

    The first two hundred, including a nurse who was captured in 1971, were processed through checkpoints before boarding their aircraft.

    The came an unexpected development: The remaining two hundred prisoners leapt to their feet and started waving flags. At first, South Vietnamese officials thought the prisoners were putting on a last minute show of defiance.

    But it soon became apparent that the men wanted to stay in South Vietnam.

    Joint Military Commission officials and observers from the International Commission of Control and Supervision conferred quickly and the men were allowed to remain, although their future still remains uncertain.

    SYNOPSIS: What was to be a routine Prisoner-of-War handover at Bien Hoa airbase in South Vietnam on Sunday turned into a exercise for the Joint Military Commission. Four hundred Vietcong prisoners arrived to be flown to Quang Tri City and eventual reunion with their forces on the northern side of the Thach Han river.

    The first two hundred were processed through checkpoints before boarding their aircraft. They were part of the last exchange of POW's and were following another hundred processed earlier in the day.

    Further groups of a hundred continued to arrive throughout the day. The majority were thin and suffering from wounds. Once there they squatted on the tarmac patiently waiting for the call to board their aircraft.

    Then came an unexpected development.....two hundred of the original four hundred prisoners suddenly leapt to their feet and started shouting and waving banners. Onlookers at first thought it was a show of defiance, but it soon became apparent that the prisoners wanted to stay in South Vietnam.

    Joint Military Commission officials and observers from the International Commission of Control and supervision conferred, and after a time the prisoners were put on lorries instead of planes and returned to their compound....their future still uncertain.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEQMY8XIAVN444N6ZKEFPAKO7L
    Media URN:
    VLVAEQMY8XIAVN444N6ZKEFPAKO7L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/03/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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