• Short Summary

    WHILE ATTEMPTS ARE BEING MADE TO BRING A POLITICAL PEACE TO SOUTH VIETNAM, MILITARY OPERATIONS ARE CONTINUING AGAINST THE VIET CONG GUERILLAS AND NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS.

  • Description


    OPERATION AREA IN SMOKE; U.S. PLANES BOMBING AREA; MARINES ADVANCING; DEAD VIET CONG; HELICOPTER BRINGS IN SUPPLIES; MARINES WITH SUPPLIES ADVANCES.




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    Background: WHILE ATTEMPTS ARE BEING MADE TO BRING A POLITICAL PEACE TO SOUTH VIETNAM, MILITARY OPERATIONS ARE CONTINUING AGAINST THE VIET CONG GUERILLAS AND NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS. ONE SUCH OPERATION STILL IN PROGRESS IS HELD SOME 2,000 YARDS (1800 METRES) SOUTH OF THE DEMILITARISED ZONE, THE SIX-MILE WIDE AREA WHICH SEPARATES NORTH AND SOUTH VIETNAM.

    THE OPERATION, CODE-NAMED 'HASTINGS' IS AIMED AT ELIMINATING AN ESTIMATED 2,000 NORTH VIETNAMESE ARMY REGULARS.

    ABOUT 7,000 UNITED STATES MARINES ARE INVOLVED IN THE OPERATION. THEY REPORTED FINDING NEARLY 500 BODIES OF NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS AND VIET CONG GUERILLAS.

    THE ARE HAS BEEN CONSTANTLY ENVELOPED IN BLACK SMOKE FROM HEAVY ARTILLERY AND AIR-STRIKES CALLED IN BY THE MARINES FOR SUPPORT.

    THE MARINES WERE SAID TO HAVE SUFFERED HEAVY CASUALTIES. AT TIMES, ARTILLERY AND NAPALM WERE REPORTED TO HAVE DROPPED AS CLOSE TO 50 FEET (15 METRES) IN FRONT OF THE MARINE POSITIONS.

    ARMED HELICOPTER ARE BEING USED TO TRANSPORT SUPPLIES TO THE MARINES AS THEY ADVANCE IN A BID TO BLOCK A COMMUNIST ESCAPE TOUTE TO NEIGHBOURING LAOS.

    IN A SIMILAR BID ON FRIDAY, ELEMENTS OF AND ELITE NORTH VIETNAMESE DIVISION AMBUSHED TWO MARINE COMPANIES. AFTER HALF-AN-HOUR OF FIGHTING, THE COMMUNISTS WITHDREW.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1F22O6VTFWGQCPYHRBHORLCVW
    Media URN:
    VLVA1F22O6VTFWGQCPYHRBHORLCVW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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