• Short Summary

    TRUJILLO, & SURROUNDING MOUNTAIN REGION, HONDURAS

    Men of the Engineer and Artillery Divisions of the United States Army have built a camp on the northern coast of Honduras in a record time of two weeks.

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    BBC
    1. AERIAL VIEWS North Coast of Honduras, showing U.S. military camp. (2 SHOTS) 0.14
    2. GVs Wooden huts being erected in camp. (2 SHOTS) 0.20
    3. SVs U.S. troops eating. (2 SHOTS) 0.25
    4. SV Men cutting wood. 0.29
    5. GV Helicopter in flight. 0.38
    6. CU PAN TO GV Sign indicating entrance to camp. 0.44
    7. CUs/GVs Men building huts at camp. (2 SHOTS) 0.50
    8. GV Military vehicles and equipment at camp. 0.54
    9. CU PULL BACK TO GV U.S. soldiers queueing up for food at camp. 1.00
    10. GV Coastline nearby. 1.05
    TAVERNA
    11. GV Military truck on runway. 1.13
    12. GV/CU Military equipment, and men at work, extending present runway. (2 SHOTS) 1.29
    13. CUs/SVs Salvadoran troops being trained by U.S. officers in Honduran camp. (5 SHOTS) 1.56
    14. SCU Salvadoran soldier speaking. (English SOT) 2.16
    15. SVs/CUs Armed Salvadoran soldiers in countryside. (5 SHOTS) 2.30
    TRANSCRIPT: SALVADORAN CAPTAIN: (SEQ 14) "They are learning to work as a unit, they're doing a great job, they're learning a lot. And they're yearning to go back to my country and apply that knowledge. They're very eager."
    REPORTER: "You mean they want to go back to the war?"
    CAPTAIN: "Oh yes. They want to free El Salvador from the communist threat."
    InitialsMAW/JRS

    NOTE TO EDITORS: THIS STORY HAS COMMENTARY BY BBC REPORTER MARTIN BELL, WHICH MAY BE USED IF REQUIRED.
    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: TRUJILLO, & SURROUNDING MOUNTAIN REGION, HONDURAS

    Men of the Engineer and Artillery Divisions of the United States Army have built a camp on the northern coast of Honduras in a record time of two weeks. The camp, at Trujillo, about 90 kilometres (58 miles) north-east of Tegucigalpa, mushroomed out of a stretch of jungle. The ground was levelled in six hours, the camp built in twelve, and most facilities, including running water, American food, and even films, were available within days. Black Hawk helicopters, replacing the order type of air transport used in the Vietnam war, helped bring the project to completion in time for the arrival of the first contingent of soldiers. The US gunners and naval engineers at Trujillo insist their purpose is only to train and advise the Hondurans. The White House, however, has not sought Congressional approval for the move, and several members of the House have expressed dismay. The camp allegedly grew out an agreement between the Reagan administration and General Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, Commander of the Honduran Armed Forces. General Alvarez and Honduran Foreign Minister Edgardo Paz Barnica are said to have placated their National Congress by way of compromise - the military trainees are referred to as to as students of soldiers. The camp will remain after the departure of the US forces. In mid-November, one thousand US marines are scheduled to storm ashore on the coast, together with Honduran battalions, for massive military exercises. To back up the combined manoeuvres, the runway at Trujillo is to be extended to take C-130 transport planes. Work on the runway was already underway on August 31. War games of another kind are already in progress in the region. Salvador soldiers on leave from their own war are being trained by US personnel in Honduras. Under their guidance, the first contingent has already set out in the field. One Salvadoran captain said his men were receiving worthwhile instruction which would enable them to go back to El Salvador and free the nation from what he called "the increasing pressure from left-wing guerrilla groups along the Honduran border". Washington - aware of the sensitivity of the issue - has not disclosed the number of Salvadoran due to take part in the training programme.

    Source: BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION AND REUTERS - MICHELE TAVERNA

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEWQBV3XT2O0EM0X4FL2NDIXBG
    Media URN:
    VLVAEWQBV3XT2O0EM0X4FL2NDIXBG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/09/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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