The South Vietnamese Government has ordered an anti-tank trench to be built through four provinces just north of Saigon.
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Background: The South Vietnamese Government has ordered an anti-tank trench to be built through four provinces just north of Saigon. The move is seen by foreign correspondence as an indication of how seriously the Government has taken warnings of a possible Communist offensive in the New Year.
In Binh Duong Province, 25 miles (40.2 kilometres) north of Saigon, work on the trench has already begun. The trench is about 12 feet (3.6 metres) across rolling, open scrubland, considered ideal tank country.
The Government's order was passed down to the chiefs of the various hamlets in the region, with an announcement that everyone over 18 would have to pay 150 piasters (about one new pence or one cent) towards the cost of building the trench.
The supervision of the work has been left to local officials. In Binh Duong men, women and troops stationed in the region have joined in.
In the past few weeks, there's been heavy fighting north-west of Saigon. Communist troops have been backed by armoured vehicles operating from bases in the Khmer Republic.