• Short Summary

    THE BINH DINH PROVINCE
    OF SOUTH VIETNAM IS ONE OF THE RICHEST IN THE COUNTRY AND, UNTIL RECENTLY, IT
    WAS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL VIETCONG STRONGHOLDS.

  • Description


    KOREAN REVEILLE (SOF), TIGERS IN
    ACTION DURING OPERATION, REFUGEES BEING AIDED, TIGERS HEADQUARTERS, KOREANS
    PRACTISING TAE-KWON-DO (SOF), GENERAL CHAE MYUNG SHIN BEING INTERVIEWED (SOF).



    WHEN ASKED WHAT HE THOUGHT OF THE VIETCONG AS
    GUERILLA FIGHTERS, GENERAL SHIN HAD THIS TO SAY:



    SOF...... INTERVIEWER: "WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE VIETCONG AS A GUERILLA
    FIGHTER".



    GENERAL SHIN: "WELL THEY'VE HAD EXPERIENCE
    AS GUERILLA FORCES FOR A LONG TIME SO THIS TIME THEY ARE REALLY TRAINED TO FIGHT
    WITH US IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES. HOWEVER THEY ALSO DISCLOSE THEIR WEAKNESS SO THIS
    TIME WE COULD CATCH THEIR WEAKNESS SO I THINK IN THIS AREA THE VC'S HAD A VERY
    HARD TIME TO FIGHT WITH US BECAUSE ALREADY WE CAUGHT AND DISCOVER THEIR WEAKNESS
    AND THEY ARE....AND IT IS MUCH EASIER TO FIGHT FURTHER.



    Several shots water buffaloes swimming in village water hole (this
    indicates there is now water to spare).



    Many women
    villagers carrying soil to make dam.



    Tiger soldiers
    can be seen doing various jobs assisting villagers to build dam.



    Tigers artillery firing as support for ground action some
    miles away - this from other section of Go Boi village.



    FINIS


    1-2.
    105mm artillery firing from Go
    Boi village.


    3-4.
    Part of Go Boi village in ruins -
    this happened when Tigers recaptured village from Viet-Cong - Tiger soldiers are
    now living in this area.


    5-6.
    Tiger soldiers seen in
    area. NOTE: Salute "Meng-Ho".


    7.
    Roman Catholic
    Church Go Boi - this is RC town.


    8-9.
    Tigers enlisted
    men open mess facilities at Go Boi.


    10-12.
    Vietnamese
    workers from Go Boi village being fed by Tigers at mess hall.


    13-16.
    Practising Tae-Kwon-Do among ruins of Go Boi village - area
    where some of Tiger Division soldiers now use as barracks. Tae-Kwon-Do is
    practised any time, any place - whenever they have a spare moment.


    17-18.
    Tiger soldiers swimming in river running thru village -
    it is obligatory for Tiger troops to do at least 30 minutes hard physical
    exercise per day.


    19-20.
    Troops relaxing with came of
    darts - in background helicopters are rising into air.


    21.
    Barbed wire entanglement over paddy-field perimeter of Go Boi -
    defenses on right of shot.


    1.
    ROK (Republic of Korea)
    and Vietnamese flags flying.


    2.
    Villagers with
    banners, flags - waiting for handing-over ceremony to begin.


    3.
    ROK soldiers (Tigers), TILT to banner in Vietnamese & Korean - it
    says: "Tiger soldiers protect your life and your property always".


    4-9.
    Cutaway shots of villagers - about to be returned home.


    10-11.
    General CHAE arrives - Tiger band there. CHAE
    is Commanding General ROK FORCES IN Viet-Nam, also CG of Tiger Division.


    12-14.
    At salute for National Anthems of ROK & VN -
    shot 13 is of American officer.


    15.
    General CHAE
    addresses villagers - tells them: "We will fight against the Viet-Cong till the
    last drop of blood".


    16-17.
    Tiger soldier.


    18-19.
    Tiger soldiers around village hut - General CHAE in,
    followed by


    20-21.
    .....villagers with their worldly
    possessions. (ROK soldiers)


    22-24.
    Villagers, PAN to
    Vietnamese Popular Forces unit with weapons - they will now take over defense of
    village from Tigers.


    25.
    Villagers, Popular Forces
    troops, Tiger Div. band (foreground).



    For possible
    use as insert material in film(s).



    Overlay material
    is noted and from what reel obtainable, &c.


    First.
    "VOICE OF THE TIGER":



    Korean language radio station
    on the Tigers base. First shot is of announcer opening up in usual station
    identification, which includes phrase: "This is the Voice of the Tiger". He ten
    introduces record.
    45 ft


    Second shot is of control
    room - announcer can be seen thru window in background. Sound of Korean music as
    turntable revolves.



    Insert shots and overlay material
    can be taken from: reel 7 - shots 23-28 - interiors & exteriors of station. reel
    12 - shots 8-10 - radio in living area of troops.



    "MENG-HO":
    45-65 FT


    Means "fierce tiger". Every
    Korean soldier in the Tiger Division always greets an officer of the Tigers with
    the normal salute and at the same time says "MENG-HO".



    Pronounciation is understandably distorted by the troops in much the
    same way "halt", "sir", &c. are unrecognisable at times in the English-speaking
    armies. Whenever a soldier of the Tigers is seen saluting a Tiger officer, you
    can be sure that he says "MENG-HO. It is also used as a battle cry for the
    Tigers, and generally taken as a greeting among themselves.



    BUGLERS:
    65-85 ft


    Two buglers playing a
    section of Korean equivalent of Reveille - 2 shots. Insert or overlay material
    can be taken from reel 12 - shots 17-22 - flag-raising & general HQ area (camp).
    This is done at dawn.



    TAE-KWON-DO:
    85-100 ft


    Pronounced at-kwon-doe (ta as in cat). Often erroneously
    referred to as karate in western countries. Karate is included in tae-kwon-do.
    Sound of instructions and massed cry of "ay-eeh", or similar. Instructions are
    from instructor and naturally mean something, but "ay-een" is merely to help
    instill the esprit de corps - much the same way in which a footballer will give
    a x "yah" or similar cry when tackling an opponent.



    Overlap material can be obtained from reel 13 - first 50'.



    ROK & VN flags flying near Tigers Hospital.



    Interiors of hospital with patients and Korean doctors and nurses.


    1.
    Nurse Captain LEE of Seoul with 2 doctors and Tiger soldier
    patient.


    2.
    Then plaster patient (Tiger soldier) with
    nurse Captain CHUN of Chon Ju, Korea.


    3.
    Viet-Cong
    patient has wound dressed (hole in side) by doctor Captain CHUNT of Kochung,
    Korea, and nurse Lieutenant LEE of Chon Ju, Korea.



    Then 3 shots in X-Ray department.



    Laboratory shot.



    Exterior shots hospital area.....may be overexposed.



    Hospital has 400 beds.



    FINIS


    1-2.
    Logistic support command area - convoy in
    distance.


    3-17.
    Montage of shots showing maintenance,
    &c. in repair sections, - last of these is 105mm barrel with split section.


    18-20.
    Army boots being repaired.


    21-22.
    Food stores being unloaded.


    23-26.
    Interiors "Voice of the Tiger" radio station on base - shows disc then announcer
    in background, then shots announcer.


    27.
    Sign - says
    "Voice of the Tiger".


    28.
    Aerial for station _ TILT
    down.



    FINIS


    1.
    Korean
    officers garlanded.


    2.
    General CHAE garlanded. He is
    Commanding General Tiger Div. and also CG ROK Forces in Viet-Nam.


    3-8.
    Korean Tae-Kwon_Do instructors garlanded by Vietnamese
    girls in their national dress - the Ao-Dai (pronounced ow-zeye).


    9-26.
    Display by young men and women pupils of Korean
    instructors instructors can be seen wearing garlands of flowers - on one in seen
    Tiger emblem.



    FINIS


    1.
    Tiger soldiers past in truck.


    2-10.
    Tigers assist
    refugees unload trucks of all their goods.


    11-14.
    On
    track thru paddy fields to new homes - an old village now in safe area.


    15-19.
    At new living area.....few old huts, &c.


    20-22.
    Korean Tiger officer gives cigaretts to old lady.



    FINIS


    1.
    Sign in
    characters says "JAEGU" -(pronounced Jay Koo)


    2-5.
    Company area on front line.


    6-13.
    Firing pattern:
    rifles, machine-guns, 50-calibre (mounted with crew). This is done at irregular
    intervals as raking fire against VC positions within several hundred yards -
    virtually impossible to locate enemy movements due to heavy wooded undergrowth,
    tunnels, &c.


    14-16.
    Zig-zag pattern of trenches as
    night sentries take their positions. Note how troops can retreat yard-by-yard
    back thru trenches - also defend position from various sides


    17-22.
    Jaegu Company Commander, Captain CHUNG from KANG HOUNG City in
    Korea inspects rifles, &c. of troops before they take up positions.


    23-28.
    Lookout tower, shots from tower over Korean position -
    all area outside perimeter is Viet-Cong - at the moment.


    29-32.
    Tiger troops of company relax with game of chess just before
    dark - no lights are shown at night.



    FINIS


    1-6.
    Jaegu Company troops "relax" with tae-kwon-do at Jaegu
    position.


    7-8.
    Jaegu Company troops "relax" with
    Korean wrestling Jaegu position.


    9.
    Sign Jae Koo
    Hamlet - named after Jaegu (same pronounciation) Coy.


    10.
    Cottages built with help of Koreans, TILT to mother & kids.


    11.
    Similar


    12.
    Travelling shot
    cottages.


    13-15.
    Tiger troops on guard at gate to
    village - villagers returning for night to safety of hamlet.


    16.
    Captured Chinese Communist sub-machine gun, TILT to Tiger on sentry
    duty - night before he had killed VC and captured weapon.


    17-18.
    Sentry on duty.



    Last 4 shots back at
    Tiger HQ


    19-22.
    Guard at main gate - gives "Meng-Ho"
    salute.



    FINIS



    There is
    sound of these same troops practising Tae-Kwon-Do on 100' "sound insets" reel.



    Pronounced ta-kwon-doe (ta as in cat)


    1-8.
    Troops practising Tae-Kwon-Do in camp area - 30 minutes
    active sport is compulsory per day.


    9-14.
    Six
    black-belt instructors training together - they are actually connecting with
    their blows.



    Div. HQ - Qui Nhon road:


    15.
    Bridge on road, Tiger on guard duty, traffic beyond.


    16-17.
    Guard - military trucks being washed in river
    below him.


    18-19.
    Traffic on road. All this was
    previously VC controlled and traffic was almost at a standstill - trade and
    communication virtually impossible.


    20-22.
    Peasants
    at work near road in paddy fields.


    23-25.
    Shots in
    Qui Nhon town. This was previously acknowledged most "unsafe" large town in
    South Viet-Nam - now under Korean protection with terrorism almost nil.



    FINIS




    Initials JRS/VS/JH/FAS


    NOTE: TAE-KWON-DO pronounced ta-kwon-doe (ta as
    in cat). Tae-Kwon-Do is often erroneously called karate in western countries.
    This is only partially correct, as tae-kwon-do includes karate among other
    skills. First few shots of Tae-Kwon-Do and wrestling are of troops in Jaegu
    Company - see reel 10. This reel could be incorporated with reel 10 if necessary
    as Jae Koo Hamlet is named after Jaegu Company and is defended by Tiger troops.
    sound may be bad & camera noise evident - impossible to muffle due to restricted
    space, &c. There is sound-piece on radio station. This could be incorporated
    with reel 11 of Jae Koo Namlet - named after Company - which the Tigers defend.
    First few shots of reel 11 are of troops relaxing with physical sport at Jaegu
    Company position - follows on from this reel.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE BINH DINH PROVINCE
    OF SOUTH VIETNAM IS ONE OF THE RICHEST IN THE COUNTRY AND, UNTIL RECENTLY, IT
    WAS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL VIETCONG STRONGHOLDS. THE CAPITAL, QUI NHON WAS
    ACKNOWLEDGED AS THE MOST "UNSAFE" GOVERNMENT HELD CITY IN VIETNAM. IN OCTOBER
    LAST YEAR THE KOREAN INFANTRY DIVISION - THE KOREAN TIGERS - TOOK OVER THE AREA
    AND THE SITUATION WAS RAPIDLY REVERSED IN ONE OF THE LEAST PUBLICISED BUT MOST
    SUCCESSFUL MAJOR PACIFICATION PROGRAMMES IN VIETNAM.

    THE MAIN MISSION OF THE TIGERS IN VIETNAM IS TO CONDUCT OFFENSIVE OPERATIONS
    WITHIN THEIR TAOR (TACTICAL AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY) GOVERNMENT AND TO SUPPORT
    OTHER TROOPS FIGHTING THE VIETCONG. DURING THEIR EIGHT MONTHS IN VIETNAM, THE
    KOREAN TIGERS HAVE RUTHLESSLY TAKEN OVER THEIR TAOR IN THE BINH DINH PROVINCE.

    THE TIERS HAVE NO AIR FORCE AND LITTLE HEAVY ARTILLERY. THEY FIGHT IN SMALL
    SQUADS, LARGELY AT NIGHT USING TAE-KWON-DO, A FORM OF KARATE, AS WELL AS WITH
    RECOILESS RIFLES. WHEN THEY CONQUER A COMMUNITY THEY HIT HARD AND FAST, KILLING
    DOWN VIETCONG VICIOUSLY AND PUBLICLY AND THEN TAKING CHARGE AS REALLY TOUGH
    OCCUPYING FORCES.

    ALTHOUGH THE LOCAL VIETNAMESE MAY BE TERRIFIED OF THE TIGERS, THEY ARE NOT
    RESENTFUL FOR THEY KNOW THAT THEY WILL BE SECURE UNDER THE RUTHLESS KOREAN
    OCCUPATION AND THAT THERE IS NO CHANCE OF THE VIETCONG RETURNING TO KILL THEM
    FOR THEIR CHANGE OF HEART. WHEN THE TIGERS TRAIN FOR BATTLE, THEY TRAIN INSIDE
    THE VILLAGES AND HALF AN HOUR'S TAE-KWON-DO AND HALF AN HOUR'S MARKSMANSHIP IN
    PUBLIC GIVE THE VILLAGERS CONSIDERABLE CONFIDENCE IN THEIR NEW MASTER.

    BUT THE TIGERS DO MORE THAN JUST FIGHT AND MAINTAIN PEACE IN THEIR TAOR. AS WELL
    AS GIVING PROTECTION AND CONFIDENCE, THE TIGERS CARRY OUT MANY CIVIL AID
    PROGRAMMES RANGING FROM MAJOR PROGRAMMES LIKE THE BUILDING OF A DAM AT GO BOI,
    WHICH WILL IRRIGATE SOME 200 SQUARE MILES, TO SEEMINGLY INSIGNIFICANT TASKS -
    PERHAPS HELPING A REFUGEE TO CARRY HIS FEW WORLDLY POSSESSIONS NEEDED TO SET UP
    HOME IN A SECURE AREA.

    IT IS NOW POSSIBLE TO DRIVE UNESCORTED TO ALMOST ANY POINT IN THE TIGER'S TAOR -
    AN UNHEARD OF FEAT EVEN IN THE GENERALLY ACCEPTED GOVERNMENT AREAS. NOW FOR THE
    FIRST TIME IN MANY YEARS THE PEASANTS OF VIETCONG T ONE OF THE REASONS GIVEN FOR
    THIS UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS OF THE TIGERS IS THAT THEY ARE AN ASIAN PEOPLE
    HELPING AN ASIAN PEOPLE. BESIDES BEING ASIANS, THE KOREAN TIGERS HAVE THEMSELVES
    SUFFERED SIMILAR CONDITIONS AND ARE WELL ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE INTRICATE
    PROBLEMS OF THIS TYPE OF WAR WITH ITS SUBVERSION, PROPOGANDA AND TERROR. THEIR
    OWN EXPERIENCE HAS HELPED THEM TO KNOW THE MOST EFFECTIVE COMBATIVE ACTION TO
    USE AGAINST THE VIETCONG.

    THE TIGERS ARE COMMANDED BY GENERAL CHAE MYUNG SHIN, A 39 YEAR-OLD VETERAN OF
    THE KOREAN CAMPAIGN, WHO BELIEVES THAT THE VIETNAMESE WAR MUST BE WON AND THAT
    THE BEST WAY OF DOING THIS IS TO ATTAIN CONTROL OF THE COUNTRYSIDE IN ORDER THAT
    CIVIC ACTION PROGRAMMES CAN BE CARRIED OUT UNMOLESTED BY THE VIETCONG.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAF2FI7XQBA4ESVZKMGIJMQSOT4
    Media URN:
    VLVAF2FI7XQBA4ESVZKMGIJMQSOT4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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