SYNOPSIS: Large posters showing the number of United States aircraft claimed shot down over North Vietnam are displayed prominently in Hanoi as life returns to normal after the bombing halt.
GV Poster showing number of US planes claimed by North Vietnam
GV Sign shows number of B-52s claimed
GV People riding cycles in street of Hanoi (2 shots)
SV & CU Woman with basket of vegetables
CU People in street some with uniforms
CU Sign on bus, 'Ha Dong
SV Bus to Ha Dong leaving (2 shots)
SV & CU People looking at drawings & posters (3 shots)
CU Caricatures of Pres. Nixon (4 shots)
CU Man looking
GV ZOOM OUT Street scene
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Background: SYNOPSIS: Large posters showing the number of United States aircraft claimed shot down over North Vietnam are displayed prominently in Hanoi as life returns to normal after the bombing halt. This official film shows undamaged parts of the city, perhaps indicating a change of policy because Hanoi had previously concentrated on showing bomb-damaged areas.
The people of Hanoi are still cautious about more bombing attacks. The day before this film was shot, President Nixon announced that all bombing of North Vietnam had been halted Twelve days of earlier intensive raids on the port of Haiphong and Hanoi had halted on December thirtieth.
The North Vietnamese people were aware of President Nixon's latest announcement, but official statements in Hanoi warn the citizens that they must be prepared to continue the struggle. Newspaper reports say the people should retain their caution. In the rest of the world there is some optimism that the latest bombing halt could herald the end of the war.
Propaganda posters against the United States, and caricatures of President Nixon, still festoon the streets of Hanoi, tangible evidence that North Vietnam remains cautious towards hope of a final ceasefire.
Although North Vietnam is at present free from the immediate threat of more air raids, the bombing of Communist positions in the south continues.