Parts of a missile--thought to be a North Vietnamese "Sam" missile--fell on the outskirts of the South Vietnamese city of Quang Tri on Tuesday (18 April).
MV South Vietnamese soldiers pick up remains of missile
CU Russian lettering on side of missile
MVs Parts of missile leaning against wall.
GV Explosions over suspected North Vietnamese positions
MVs South Vietnamese soldiers firing light arms and artillery (6 shots)
GV PAN Explosion at suspected enemy site
CU South Vietnamese soldiers on tank look over suspected enemy positions (2 shots)
CU & MVs Soldiers relaxing during lull in fighting
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Background: Parts of a missile--thought to be a North Vietnamese "Sam" missile--fell on the outskirts of the South Vietnamese city of Quang Tri on Tuesday (18 April).
United States intelligence reports have for some time spoken of North Vietnamese missile sites just north of the demilitarised zone. Quang Tri is a few miles south of the zone--and the find of the missile parts has led to speculation in the town that the North Vietnamese may have constructed missile bunkers either inside the demilitarised zone, or just south of it.
Meanwhile, heavy but spasmodic fighting is continuing near Quang Tri. United States officers have paid tribute to the South Vietnamese 3rd Division--which has borne the brunt of the Communist assault in the area. Despite some fierce fighting, the South Vietnamese are reported to be holding their ground--South Vietnam's northern line of defence.
SYNOPSIS: Found in Quang Tri--one of South Vietnam's northernmost cities...the remains of a missile. Officers on the scene say the weapon is a Soviet-built "Sam" missile, presumably fired by the North Vietnamese. The discovery of the missile parts has led to some rethinking about the southernmost position of North Vietnamese missile sites. Quang Tri lies just a few miles south of the demilitarised zone.
Just outside the town, South Vietnamese soldiers are keeping up their attacks on suspected Communist positions. The United States Command has paid tribute to these soldiers--men of the newly formed South Vietnamese Third Division. In several weeks of fighting they have borne the brunt of the North Vietnamese attack in this ares--and, according to reports, are holding their ground. This battle line represents South Vietnam's northern line of defence--and the soldiers have claimed continuing success in their defence of Quang Tri.
For the soldiers, fighting has been spasmodic. Lulls provide an opportunity to relax and eat--but always in full battle-dress because the fighting can restart at any minute.