General Creighton Abrams, commander of the United States forces in South Vietnam. left Saigon for?
SV Abrams shakes hands with General & towards aircraft & boards (3 shots)
GV Armoured car along Highway 13
LV Ditto firing at enemy (2 shots)
GV & SV Troops on field (2 shots)
LV PAN Aircraft bombing enemy positions (3 shots)
SV Troops looking at dead by roadside
GV Refugees fleeing (3 shots)
SV Children wandering along road
GV Army post at roadside
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Background: General Creighton Abrams, commander of the United States forces in South Vietnam. left Saigon for Washington on Monday (23 October). He travelled shortly after Dr. Henry Kissinger, the special adviser to President Nixon who had spent five days in Saigon talking with South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu.
General Abrams had helped brief Dr Kissinger on the latest situation, and took part in some of the discussions over a possible truce with North Vietnam and the guerrilla forces in the south.
But while political commentators everywhere were talking of fresh hopes for peace, in South Vietnam itself the war went on. Several attacks were made on small South Vietnamese outposts, and several ambushes were encountered on Highway 13. An armoured car ran into an ambush between Binh Doung and Ben Cat, and the road was cut.