Fighting scaled down in South Vietnam yesterday (Thursday). Government military sources said it could either?
GV helicopters rest beside highway
MV helicopter and artillery
GV APC beside highway
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GV and MV buses stopped along Highway Four (2 shots)
CU bus sign and zoom out
MV women selling food to passengers (2 shots)
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MV and CU kids playing table football (3 shots)
GV woman pushing cart pan to buses
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Background: Fighting scaled down in South Vietnam yesterday (Thursday). Government military sources said it could either mean "the calm before the storm" or a positive reaction to political peace moves in Saigon.
Along Highway Four linking Saigon with the Mekong Delta ricebowl, helicopters and artillery units simply waited for the next round of action. The whole of the government's Seventh Division is tied up keeping a 20-mile stretch of this highway open.
So far, Communist attacks along the highway have only closed the road for one day and there's been no effect on food supplies to the capital where prices remain fairly stable.
Control of this highway would be important for the Communists if they intend to strangle Saigon in the same way they did Phnom Penh.