Despite diplomatic efforts, war continues in Laos - in the mountain passes and across the strategic Plain des Jarre.
SV Tanks towards long road followed by truck of soldiers
LV & SV..troops walk in single file along road
SV Preparing field gun
CU Soldier signals to fire
CU Soldier fires mortar
LV Plane passing over dropping supplies
SV & CU parachute comes to ground
LV Parachute with supplies hits ground
CU Man carries away case
SV Soldier takes gun from supplies
CU Soldier holds new machine gun
LV Wounded being carried away
CU Soldier on stretcher with face bandaged
CU Another soldier with bandaged face
LV Plane passes over, dropping further supplies
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Background: Despite diplomatic efforts, war continues in Laos - in the mountain passes and across the strategic Plain des Jarre.
The guns, tanks and uniforms have all been provided by the big world powers. The United States has been sending supplies to the pro-Western forces of General Phoumi Nosavan. The Russians have dropped material from the air to the troops of the pro-Communist Pathet Lao and neutralist Captain Kong Lee.
Pro-Western forces also receive supplies by air. The shifting battle line in thick jungle are hazy - but the implications are large. The Laotian civil was continues to be a scrambled image of the cold war struggle being waged elsewhere in the world. Despite the efforts of Britain and other powers to promote peace, the final solution appears to be one that must be worked out by the United States and Russia.
General Nosavan announced Feb 28 that the rebel Pathet Lao had evacuated most of their troops from the vital city of Xieng Khouang in north-east Laos. It would soon be occupied by Government troops.
He also stated that he was trying to arrange a meeting with Prince Norodom Sihanouk to request his assistance in halting the Laotian civil war.