According to United States officers, the programme of Vietnamisation is going well, with only small points to be ironed out.
According to United States officers, the programme of Vietnamisation is going well, with only small points to be ironed out. The South Vietnamese look after the civilian areas where a knowledge of the language is essential. In the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, American troops are attacking communist bases.
SYNOPSIS: In the Bin Dinh Province of the Central Highlands, American airborne troops - traditionally a 'get up and go'outfit - are in the thick of the fighting against the Communists.
American artillery makes scant impression on communist mountain retreats which have resisted successive waves of American troops for six years. The airborne attack is to keep the communists bottled upend away from the town.
American generals have the lesson of Lieutenant Calley very much in mind. The airborne commander, General MacFarland, does not allow his troops to fight in the heavy populated lowlands.
The job in hand is to stop the North Vietnamese regulars coming down from the mountains for supplies. But the paratroops are now covering for a regiment of Saigon troops rushed to another part of the Central Highlands to counter a communist offensive.
Bin Dinh Province was a communist stronghold in French days and nothing has changed. Many of the people have relatives and close friends in North Vietnam.
American tactics to keep the communists back are elaborate. In this case, drums of jellied petrol are used to the same effect as napalm kits.