If the communist offensive on South Vietnam expected during the lunar new year holidays this month does take place, military authorities in South Vietnam feel it will be a concentrated attack on the Central Highlands area.
GV Petrol tanker
GV Convoy past camera
Travel shot. Convey along road
SV Soldier on truck with rifle
GV Mountain country near pass
Travel shot. Escort armoured jeep pass convoy
GTV Trucks crawling up hill
GV Helicopters flying above (2 shots)
TV Heavily armed truck up hill
Travel Shot. Tankers ahead
SV PAN Armoured car with machine gun
Travel shot. Convoy into Pleiku (2 shots)
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Background: If the communist offensive on South Vietnam expected during the lunar new year holidays this month does take place, military authorities in South Vietnam feel it will be a concentrated attack on the Central Highlands area. In the centre of the Highlands lies Pleiku -- a prime target for any major attack from the north. The town is supplied entirely by road -- along Highway 19, the most dangerous route to travel in South Vietnam at the moment. If this route was cut, Pleiku would be besieged -- so military escorts on the supply conveys to the town have been heavily reinforced in preparation for the worst. Two convoys a day travel to Pleiku, carrying one-and-a-half-million gallons of petrol and ten thousand tons of supplies each month. This film, which covers a hundred miles of the route into Pleiku, shows just how seriously military authorities are taking the threat of an offensive.