• Short Summary

    While United States' prisoners-of-war being released on Monday (12 February), the South and North Vietnamese were exchanging POWs of their own.

  • Description

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    GV Road & bunch of man towards camera
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    SV Prisoners, many on crutches (super: 'Bien Hoa" (2 shots)
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    SV Military police
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    SV Jeep arrives in compound
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    SV Pressmen walking on to airport tarmac
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    SCU Officer taking photos
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    SCU ICC officer
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    SCU Prisoner ZOOM OUT TO MV as they board 'plane
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    SV (Night shots) South vietnamese POWs off plane at Bien Hoa
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    10.
    SV Prisoners being helped off plane & onto truck (3 shots)
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    NORTH VIETNAMESE PRISONERS WALK UP ROAD TOWARDS CAMERA TO AIR BASE; BOARD PLANE UNDER SUPERVISION OF ICC OFFICERS; SOUTH VIETNAMESE POWs RELEASED BY NORTH GET OFF PLANE AND BOARD TRUCKS.




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    TELERECORDING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: While United States' prisoners-of-war being released on Monday (12 February), the South and North Vietnamese were exchanging POWs of their own.

    By Saturday (17 February), the South Vietnamese hope to have freed a total of seven thousand North Vietnamese and Viet Cong prisoners.

    The first exchanges took place at Bien Hoa air base. One-hundred-and-fifty- Communists were flown back to North Vietnam in exchange for a similar number of South Vietnamese.

    Correspondents who saw the Communists leave said many of them were badly wounded. Some were blind and many were in obviously poor health and had to be helped aboard aircraft by comrades.

    They said some of the South Vietnamese, released in exchange, were in no better shape.

    SYNOPSIS: These men are North Vietnamese prisoners of war... on their way to Bien Hoa air base in South Vietnam to be flown home. Some of them had been prisoners in the south for five years, although the average was two years.

    There were the first batch of Communists to be freed by the South Vietnamese on Monday... an exchange overshadowed by the release of United States' P.O.W.s.

    South Vietnam hoped to free some seven thousand Communists by Saturday. Correspondents said many of the first Communists to be released were in bad shape and had to be helped aboard their 'plane by comrades.

    Later, South Vietnamese prisoners of war arrived at Bien Hoa from North Vietnam. In all, there were about one-hundred-and-fifty South Vietnamese in the first group
    Correspondents said the North Vietnamese did not seem to have treated the South Vietnamese as well as they had treated American P.O.W.s, and some of them looked like skeletons.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAJAAFI038R338A69DD4A4GGUF
    Media URN:
    VLVAJAAFI038R338A69DD4A4GGUF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/02/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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