The Vietcongs in its latest offensive against the South Vietnamese Government launched a series of attacks on the morning of July 24 in the Mekong Delta.
DESTROYED OUTPOST, CO CO VILLAGE, PEOPLE, SOLDIERS BUTTING UP PANTOON BRIDGE.
SEVERAL SEQUENCES OF THE OVERRAN OUTPOST.
COFFINS OF DEPENDENTS OUTSIDE THE OUTPOST, CUTAWAYS ETC.
MORE SEQUENCES OF DESTROYED OUTPOST, MOURNERS...............FINISH.......
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Background: The Vietcongs in its latest offensive against the South Vietnamese Government launched a series of attacks on the morning of July 24 in the Mekong Delta.
The attacks took place on Route 14 (trunk ax road linking Saigon with rice laden Mekong Delta provinces), about one hundred kilometres from Saigon stretching to the 122nd kilometre in which two bridges were blown up and on outpost overran and burnt to the ground.
The outpost in the village of Co Co was manned by members of the Popular Force numbering one company and their dependents.
According to village sources, scores of popular force were killed and many injured.However no official confirmation was forthcoming up to this moment.Nine of the dependents living in the outpost were killed outright, according to coffin count.
The same sources went on, the Vietcongs numbering two battalions staged their attacks simultaneously by blowing up the hoa kang bridge about 100 kms from Saigon) and Co Co Bridge (about 122 kms from Saigon) and lobbed motor shells and machine gun fire on the Co Co Outpost.
Vietnamese army source disclosed that a VC agent in the camp was responsible for the destruction of the outpost.All that remained of the camp was a dilapidated mass of corrugated iron and cinders.
Before government reinforcement could arrive the VCs had already vanished into the nearby jungles.
Traffic between Saigon and the Mekong Delta came to a standstill for three days.No ??? No taking pictures of the blown up bridges were permitted according to security officials guarding it.
Vietnamese soldiers hurriedly put up pantoon bridges across the rivers to ease traffic congestion.
This correspondent had to, at one stage, track some 15 kms to reach the province of Cantho.
All planes from Cantho to Saigon were booked two weeks ahead and this correspondent had to resort to three wheeler Lambrettes, foot and bus to reach Saigon to send this clip.
In the meanwhile government forces have started mopping up operations against the VCs in the surrounding areas.