The Christmas truce, recognised by both South Vietnam and the opposing Communist forces, was violated more times this year than ever before.
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Background: The Christmas truce, recognised by both South Vietnam and the opposing Communist forces, was violated more times this year than ever before. More than one hundred incidents were reported during the 24-hour period from midnight 24th December to midnight 25th December.
Near Kontum city in the Central Highlands, Firebase November was besieged early on Christmas morning. ARVN reinforcements were sent along Highway Fourteen to attempt to relieve the base.
For many of the troops it was just another day of fighting in the bitter conflict. But the fighting for the base was to go on for another three days.
Observers said this was just one incident in many which illustrates an almost unobserved Christmas truce.
SYNOPSIS: Near Kontum City in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, ARVN reinforcements were called to Firebase November which had been bessigned by enemy troops. To many of the soldiers it was another day of bitter fighting, but it was Christmas Day. The Christmas truce which had been agreed upon had been broken yet again. There were more than one hundred reported incidents during the 24-hour truce period. These South Vietnamese soldiers called in air strikes to move the entrenched Viet Cong, but in the ensuring battle they suffered several casualties. For them, this battle was to continue for three days. It was just one incident in many which illustrated an unobserved Christmas truce.