• Short Summary

    FLYING AMERICAN-BUILT TRAINING AIRCRAFT -- CONVERTED INTO FIGHTER BOMBERS -- LAO AIR FORCE PILOTS DURING THE LAST TWO MONTHS HAVE BEEN LAUNCHING DAILY AIR-STRIKES AGAINST A BIG PATHET LAO CONCENTRATION OF FORCES NEAR THE CAPITAL OF LUANG PRABANG.

  • Description

    FLYING AMERICAN-BUILT TRAINING AIRCRAFT -- CONVERTED INTO FIGHTER BOMBERS -- LAO AIR FORCE PILOTS DURING THE LAST TWO MONTHS HAVE BEEN LAUNCHING DAILY AIR-STRIKES AGAINST A BIG PATHET LAO CONCENTRATION OF FORCES NEAR THE CAPITAL OF LUANG PRABANG. THE COMMUNISTS GUERRILLAS HOLD POSITIONS IN THE HILLS ABOUT 20 MILES (32 KMS) NORTH-EAST OF THE ROYAL CAPITAL.

    CONSTANT SORTIES BY THE OLD T-28 PISTON-ENGINED FIGHTER-BOMBERS, THE ONLY STRIKE AIRCRAFT FLOWN BY THE LAO. AIR FORCE, HAVE BEEN MAINTAINED TO BREAK UP FORCES OF 2,000 WELL-EQUIPPED PATHET LAO TROOPS MASSED IN THE JUNGLE ALONG THE NAM OU RIVER, WHICH FLOWS DOWN TO JOIN THE MEKONG RIVER ABOVE LUANG PRABANG.

    THE COMMUNISTS GUERRILLAS HAVE BEEN REINFORCED BY ABOUT 1,500 NORTH VIETNAMESE.

    THE AREA COMMANDER, GENERAL TIAO SINYAVONG, CLAIMED THAT DAILY BOMBING HAD SUCCEEDED IN SCATTERING THE COMMUNISTS, AND THAT GOVERNMENT FORCES, THROUGH OUTNUMBERED, WERE SURROUNDING THE ENEMY.

    GOVERNMENT STRATEGIES HAVE BEEN PUZZLED BY THE BUILD-UP OF PATHET LAO AND NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS DURING THE NORMALLY PEACEFUL MONSOON SEASON.

    THE COMMUNIST PLAN SEEMS TO BE AN ATTEMPT TO ISOLATE THE ROYAL CAPITAL, WHICH HAS SO FAR BEEN LEFT UNTOUCHED DURING SEVEN YEARS OF FIGHTING.

    THIS INDICATES THE INVIOLABLE POSITION OF THE KING SRI SAVANG VATTHANA, WHO IS REVEREND BY THE PEASANTS, FORMING THE BULK OF THE POPULATION, AND IS THE ONLY NATIONAL FIGURE ACCEPTED BY THE RIGHTISTS, NEUTRALISTS AND COMMUNISTS ALIKE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAO20DU41WKK9J5P4E6BHZGOX7
    Media URN:
    VLVAO20DU41WKK9J5P4E6BHZGOX7
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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