• Short Summary

    AN EXACT REPLICA OF A SOUTH VIETNAMESE VILLAGE IS BEING USED TO TRAIN STATES MARINES AT CAMP PENDLETON IN CALIFORNIA.

  • Description

    AN EXACT REPLICA OF A SOUTH VIETNAMESE VILLAGE IS BEING USED TO TRAIN STATES MARINES AT CAMP PENDLETON IN CALIFORNIA. AT THIS 'COUNTER-GUERILLA, COUNTER-INSURGENCY' SCHOOL THE MARINES LEARN HOW TO INVESTIGATE SUCH A VILLAGE IN VIETNAM, AND SIMILAR VILLAGES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA AND AFRICA.

    BAMBOO AND PALM FRONDS ARE MOUNTED ON SCARP LUMBER FRAMES. FURNITURE IS MADE FROM TREE LIMBS AND BAMBOO. THE VILLAGE IS RIDDLED WITH UNDERGROUND TUNNELS, HIDING HOLES, BOOBY TRAPS AND SPIKE-LINED MAN TRAPS. IN VIETNAM IF AN UNWARY SEARCHER FALLS INTO ONE, HE WILL BE CRITICALLY CUT AND POSSIBLY KILLED.

    EVERY HUT, INCLUDING THE TEMPLE, HAS HIDDEN COMPARTMENTS WHERE MEN, WEAPONS AND SUPPLIES CAN BE STORED. THE MARINES MUST FIND THEM AND AT THE SAME TIME, LOOK OUT FOR BOOBY TRAPS.

    THE MARINES FACE A DELICATE PROBLEM IN THAT THEY MUST SEARCH FOR VIETCONG GUERILLAS POSING AS VILLAGERS, BUT MUST TAKE CARE NOT TO OFFEND FRIENDLY VILLAGERS. THEY ARE TRAINED TO ASK PERMISSION TO ENTER A HUT BEFORE GOING IN TO A SEARCH.

    THEY ARE ALSO CAREFUL NOT TO HURT THE VILLAGER'S ANIMALS IN ANY WAY AND THEY BARTER FOR FOOD. THE MARINES ARE TAUGHT THAT TO COMMANDEER FOOD AND ARTICLES COULD TURN THE LOCAL PEOPLE TO THE SIDE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAPT5R1P5P1AWQWP3OWKJJMPO2
    Media URN:
    VLVAPT5R1P5P1AWQWP3OWKJJMPO2
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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