• Short Summary

    CU CHI DISTRICT, VIETNAM

    On a recent visit to Vietnam, a Visnews reporter was shown round a tunnel system, in Cu Chi district, used by the Viet-Cong in their war against US troops.Only 35 kilometres (about 22 miles) from Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), the area, considered hard-core Viet-Cong territory, had great strategic value as a food production centre.The first tunnel section been dug shortly after World War II During hostilities against the French.By the time US troops were withdrawn in December 1974, there were more than 200 kilometres (125 miles) of tunnels.The Viet-Cong (predominantly Communist forces, backed by the government of North Vietnam) were able to live there day and night, out of reach of US bombing raids or tanks sorties from Saigon.As former Viet-Cong fighter Bui Huu Nhan told Visnews, the strategy was based on the support of the local people who kept the rebels supplied with food and water.Under the government of unified Vietnam, the region has been designated a new economic zone.Its cooperative farms produce 80,000 tones (tons) of food annually, mainly rice.But reminders of the war have been left in the fields where rusting US tanks remain.

  • Description

    1. GVs Peasants in field prepare land for farming as Vietnamese flag flies (4 shots) 0.25
    2. CU Former Viet-Cong guerrilla Bui Huu Nhan speaking (ENGLISH SOT) 0.29
    3. SV Woman stepping down into tunnel (SOT) 0.32
    4. GV, SV TILT DOWN Former Viet-Cong meeting hall with tunnel entrance in floor (SOT) (3 shots) 0.48
    5. GV, SV PAN Tunnel system with special hiding places (2 shots) 1.00
    6. CU Bui Huu Nhan speaking (SOT) 1.06
    7. GV PAN & GVs Destroyed United States tanks in field (3 shots) 1.20
    SPEECH TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCES 2--6):
    BUI HUU NHAN: "During the first five or six years, from 1960 to '68, '69, we all must stay there during the daytime. And after 1968, '69, when the area was liberated, we can get out, day-time and night-time."
    REPORTER: "Day-time and night-time? So you would never have seen the sun, never seen the daylight?"
    BUI HUU NHAN: "When we were in the shelter, we couldn't see the sun."
    REPORTER: "And did you have food and everything you needed down there?"
    BUI HUU NHAN: "Yes, we had everything: medicine, food, water, given by the population. So we get the support of the people."
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    Background: CU CHI DISTRICT, VIETNAM

    On a recent visit to Vietnam, a Visnews reporter was shown round a tunnel system, in Cu Chi district, used by the Viet-Cong in their war against US troops.Only 35 kilometres (about 22 miles) from Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), the area, considered hard-core Viet-Cong territory, had great strategic value as a food production centre.The first tunnel section been dug shortly after World War II During hostilities against the French.By the time US troops were withdrawn in December 1974, there were more than 200 kilometres (125 miles) of tunnels.The Viet-Cong (predominantly Communist forces, backed by the government of North Vietnam) were able to live there day and night, out of reach of US bombing raids or tanks sorties from Saigon.As former Viet-Cong fighter Bui Huu Nhan told Visnews, the strategy was based on the support of the local people who kept the rebels supplied with food and water.Under the government of unified Vietnam, the region has been designated a new economic zone.Its cooperative farms produce 80,000 tones (tons) of food annually, mainly rice.But reminders of the war have been left in the fields where rusting US tanks remain.

    Source: REUTERS - GARY BURNS

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1GMSD9BSMQNF2GTAO3XBU51BF
    Media URN:
    VLVA1GMSD9BSMQNF2GTAO3XBU51BF
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/07/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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