United States soldiers in Viet Nam found a hidden Viet Cong ammunition dump and munitions factory located 20 miles northwest of Saigon on Monday (August 7.).
Soldier searching swamp, other soldiers crossing stream on plank, others watching from bank and searching for factory equipment...
MS Several and searching bottom of stream....
CU Hand removing grenades from water..
CU Grenades on grass....
MS Soldier throwing grenades onto pile, zoom in on pile of grenades..
MS Three soldiers searching swamp....
MS and CU-Soldier examines factory mechanism...
CU and LS-Soldier probes in water, finds shell casing and passes to soldier...
MS - Shell casing in pile, soldiers pass casings to one another...
MS - Soldiers examine piece of machinery..
CU - Soldier turning handle of drill press
CU - Drill press...
CU - Mechanical blower...
CU - Pieces of steel poured into hand from jar...
CU - Assembled grenade with handle..
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Background: United States soldiers in Viet Nam found a hidden Viet Cong ammunition dump and munitions factory located 20 miles northwest of Saigon on Monday (August 7.).
The Viet Cong had left in a hurry. They buried grenades, shell casings, and machinery in streams and marshes. The grenades and casings were used to contain bobby traps, and the machinery was for making the traps. The U.S. troops were members of the 25th Infantry Division; eight per cent of the division's casualties have been caused by Viet Cong booby traps. The factory itself was dug up in bits and pieces as the Viet Cong had buried it. Many times before, U.S. soldiers had passed over this area. U.S. military authorities say that the Viet Cong had probably successfully hidden their factory and its products from the U.S. troops.
Parts of the factory were later examined at the battalion command post. U.S. military authorities say the factory was large enough to manufacture several hundred booby traps daily, and as a result of the find, future Viet Cong booby trapping will be slowed for a while.