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    AMERICAN AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS THREW BACK AND APPARENTLY HEAVY VIET CONG ASSAULT ON SAIGON, PART OF NEW VIET CONG OFFENSIVE AGAINST 47 TONS AND MILITARY BASES THROUGHOUT SOUTH VIETNAM ON FEBRUARY 18.

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    Background: AMERICAN AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS THREW BACK AND APPARENTLY HEAVY VIET CONG ASSAULT ON SAIGON, PART OF NEW VIET CONG OFFENSIVE AGAINST 47 TONS AND MILITARY BASES THROUGHOUT SOUTH VIETNAM ON FEBRUARY 18. THE SECOND OFFENSIVE, LAUNCHED AT 1 a.m. 9 1700 GMT SATURDAY, 19 DAYS AFTER THE FIRST MASS ONSLAUGHT BY THE VIET CONG, CONTINUED THROUGHOUT THE SAY AS THE VIET CONG MORTARED THE GIANT TAN SON NHUT AIRPORT JUST OUTSIDE SAIGON AND FOUGHT THREE FIERCE BATTLES WITH GOVERNMENT TROOPS WITHIN TEN KILOMETRES OF THE HEART OF THE CAPITAL. APPARENTLY, VIET CONG USED 123 MM ROCKETS, MORTARS AND OTHER CANNONS WHICH DESTROYED 5 BIG PLANES AND DAMAGED ANOTHER 5 PLANES AND DAMAGED ANOTHER 5 PLANES. THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE CONTROL TOWER OF US AIR BASE IN TAN SON NHUT WAS COMPLETELY DESTROYED AS A RESULT OF VIET CONG FIRING. HOWEVER, TAN SON NHUT AIRPORT WILL REMAIN OPEN TO DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL TRAFFIC ON MONDAY DESPITE SUNDAY MORNING'S ROCKET'S AND BOMBARDMENT. PART OF THE CONTROL TOWER BUILDING ESPECIALLY THE GROUND FLOOR WAS SERIOUSLY DAMAGED BY AN EXPLODING AIRCRAFT BUT THIS TOWER ITSELF WAS NOT AFFECTED THE RUNWAY HAS BEEN CLEARED OF DEBRIS ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON. INCLUDING SOME 30 UNEXPLODED ROCKETS AND SHELLS. EXPERTS SAY THE ATTACK. EARLY SUNDAY, IS THE SECOND WAVE OF THE GENERALISED COMMUNIST OFFENSIVE WHICH BEGAN AT TET. US AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE ARMY STAND BY FOR VIET CONG'S GROUND OFFENSIVE AROUND TAN SON NHUT AIR BASE FROM MONDAY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4DFB1PJM8HN7GHMSPT56WD5S7
    Media URN:
    VLVA4DFB1PJM8HN7GHMSPT56WD5S7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/02/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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