Despite gains by the North Vietnamese in South Vietnam, the capital, Saigon, appears calm. The?
GV Saigon street scene (3 shots)
Soldiers on guard
Soldiers reading newspaper (2 shots)
People watching photographs (5 shots)
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Background: Despite gains by the North Vietnamese in South Vietnam, the capital, Saigon, appears calm. The people of Saigon have lived with war literally most of their lives and the current offensive seems to have little effect on them. The capital survived the Tet Offensive of 1968 and this time it seems the city isn't a prime objective in the North Vietnamese campaign. There a few troops to be seen in the streets and few visual signs that the communists have come to within a matter of miles of the city. Saigon makes a strange contrast with Heu, the ancient Vietnamese capital, where the North Vietnamese are massing for what military observers will be one of the biggest attacks of the current offensive. Large boards in Saigon display photographs of actions in which, according to the descriptions, the South Vietnamese and the upper hand. Newspapers also carry accounts of South Vietnamese actions. These are among the few visible signs that the country is facing its biggest crisis since 1968.