Life and conditions in a South Vietnamese Viet Cong-controlled village were inspected by a camera team on Tuesday (6 February) at the invitation of a National Liberation Front Political officer.
SV PAN FROM Vietnamese women to Viet Cong flag flying on village hut
GV Viet Cong flag flying high
SV Woman washing fish in canal
SV INT Group eat with Political Officer on left & NBC reporter in centre eating with family (4 shots)
GV Smoke rising from S.Vietnamese bombs dropped by jets
SV Child among wreckage
SV Members of Viet Cong through paddy field (2 shots)
CU U.S. weapons shown to camera
LV & CU Members of Viet Cong with flag pose for cameras (4 shots)
SV Viet Cong troops moving out carrying large flag (2 shots)
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Background: Life and conditions in a South Vietnamese Viet Cong-controlled village were inspected by a camera team on Tuesday (6 February) at the invitation of a National Liberation Front Political officer.
A National Broadcasting Company team led by cameraman Bob Smith was escorted to the village 40 miles south-west of Saigon by Viet Cong soldiers. The crew was instructed that all shots had to be approved and candid shots would not be tolerated.
En route to the village, situated in the Mekong Delta, the team observed that many of the hamlets flew the Viet Cong flag. Once at the village the crew found the hamlet had its own contingent of Viet Cong soldiers, a local village company made up of old men, several young men, and women.
There was little food at the hamlet. Women fished in the Delta's canals in a bid to help feed their families. The crew was accommodated overnight and found that all the meals consisted of rice, a small piece of meat of fish, and salt gravy.
The villagers eat and sleep near earthen bunkers and while the crew was there, South Vietnamese aircraft attacked and bombed a Viet Cong hamlet nearby. Many of the hamlets show the scars of many years of bomb and artillery warfare.
Later the hamlet's soldiers displayed their equipment. Apart from arms made in several communists countries. The Viet Cong were using captured United States weapons. They included an M-16 rifle and a grenade launcher.
SYNOPSIS: The Viet Cong control of farmland and the people who live there begins in the Mekong Delta, just forty miles from Saigon. Many of the hamlets in the area fly the Viet Cong flag.
This is a South Vietnamese Viet Cong controlled village which was inspected by an N.B.C. camera team on Tuesday. The crew was invited to film and sample life and conditions in the village. However, all camera shots had to be approved.
During the camera crew's stay in the village, jets of the South Vietnamese Air Force flew overhead. They attacked and bombed another Viet Cong hamlet nearby.
Many of the hamlets show the scars of years of bomb and artillery warfare.
Each hamlet has a handful of Viet Cong soldiers and this is the first time they have been able to parade openly in daylight.
Their armament includes a captured United States M-sixteen rifle and a grenade launcher.
This is the local village company of the People's Liberation Army. It is composed of old men, several young men, and women. They boasted that despite being just 40 miles from Saigon, they have successfully denied the Government control of the village. This is where the Viet Cong army started in South Vietnam, and despite the years of bombardment, they have remained in control.