• Short Summary

    GOVERNMENT TROOPS IN SOUTH VIETNAM -- FLYING IN 50 AMERICAN HELICOPTERS. ALL HEAVILY ARMED --?

  • Description

    GOVERNMENT TROOPS IN SOUTH VIETNAM -- FLYING IN 50 AMERICAN HELICOPTERS. ALL HEAVILY ARMED -- LAST WEEKEND LAUNCHED THEIR HEAVIEST AIRBORNE ATTACK ON THE VIETCONG. STARTING FROM A BASE NEAR SAIGON, 2,000 VIETNAMESE -- SOLDIERS, MARINES AND RANGERS -- WERE FLOWN INTO THE MEKONG DELTA, 60 MILES (96 KM) SOUTH OF THE CAPITAL CITY.

    THIS IS AN AREA BELIEVED TO INCLUDE VIETCONG TRAINING AND RECUPERATION CENTRES, AS WELL AS BIG DEPOTS OF WEAPONS AND SUPPLIES. THE AIRBORNE ARMADA HIT THE DELTA IN SEVEN WAVES, WHILE A FURTHER THOUSAND TROOPS ATTACKED IT FROM THE COAST.

    THOUGH THE FIRST HELICOPTERS CAUGHT THE VIETCONG BY SURPRISE, LATER FLIGHTS RAN INTO HEAVY GROUND FIRE. THEY BLASTED BACK WITH ROCKETS. ONE HELICOPTER WAS HIT, AND AMONG THOSE KILLED WERE THE AMERICAN CREW OF FOUR. TWO MORE AMERICANS DIED IN ANOTHER CRASH, AND 13 HELICOPTERS WERE DAMAGED BY HEAVY ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE.

    FULL VIETCONG LOSSES ARE NOT YET KNOWN, AS GOVERNMENT TROOPS -- SEALING OFF BOTH LAND AND RIVER ESCAPE ROUTES -- STILL ARE COMBING THE AREA. A MILITARY SPOKESMAN SAID NEARLY A THOUSAND VIETCONG HAD DUG THEMSELVES IN. FORMING SMALL FORTIFIED POCKETS IN THE VAST SWAMPLAND AREA.

    THE FIRST PILOTS RETURNING TO BASE REPORTED THAT 40 VIETCONG HAD BEEN KILLED. AND BACK WITH THE HELICOPTERS CAME A SMALL GROUP OF VIETCONG PRISONERS -- SOME OF THEM WOUNDED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAET1XTXCGMRQNL8IIPBX3DO0F8
    Media URN:
    VLVAET1XTXCGMRQNL8IIPBX3DO0F8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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