Twenty people were reported killed and nearly two hundred houses were destroyed in a raid by United States B-52 bombers on Dahson Village in the Ngha-An province of North Vietnam.
GV Villagers searching wreckage (2 shots)
SV Government official talking to villagers (2 shots)
SV Official inspects shells etc, and forged money (3 shots)
SV Villager (2 shots)
GV Wrecked village, PAN to crater and villagers (2 shots)
GV Bombed dikes
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This film -- from an official source -- was taken when the North Vietnamese government invited foreign correspondents to see the damage. They also saw banknotes said to have been forged by the Americans and later dropped by American planes in what North Vietnam said was an attempt to disrupt its economy.
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Background: Twenty people were reported killed and nearly two hundred houses were destroyed in a raid by United States B-52 bombers on Dahson Village in the Ngha-An province of North Vietnam.
SYNOPSIS: In North Vietnam, villagers stumble amongst the rubble that was once two hundred homes... homes destroyed during a B-52 bombing raid that took place even as talks of peace continued.......
The North Vietnamese say twenty people died in the raid. and they've accused the Americans of dropping forged banknotes in an attempt to disrupt the country's economy.
One villager told how his wife and daughter due to marry a few days later were among those killed in the raid.
A large area was completely flattened in the attack -- and one bomb alone made a crater sixty feet across. The raid also caused damage to the dikes that are all important to the village's rice crop.