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 BINH DINH PROVINCE
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
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).
villagers carrying soil to make dam.
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.
105mm artillery firing from Go
Part of Go Boi village in ruins -
this happened when Tigers recaptured village from Viet-Cong - Tiger soldiers are
now living in this area.
Tiger soldiers seen in
area. NOTE: Salute "Meng-Ho".
Church Go Boi - this is RC town.
men open mess facilities at Go Boi.
workers from Go Boi village being fed by Tigers at mess hall.
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.
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.
Troops relaxing with came of
darts - in background helicopters are rising into air.
Barbed wire entanglement over paddy-field perimeter of Go Boi -
defenses on right of shot.
ROK (Republic of Korea)
and Vietnamese flags flying.
banners, flags - waiting for handing-over ceremony to begin.
ROK soldiers (Tigers), TILT to banner in Vietnamese & Korean - it
says: "Tiger soldiers protect your life and your property always".
Cutaway shots of villagers - about to be returned home.
General CHAE arrives - Tiger band there. CHAE
is Commanding General ROK FORCES IN Viet-Nam, also CG of Tiger Division.
At salute for National Anthems of ROK & VN -
shot 13 is of American officer.
addresses villagers - tells them: "We will fight against the Viet-Cong till the
last drop of blood".
Tiger soldiers around village hut - General CHAE in,
.....villagers with their worldly
possessions. (ROK soldiers)
Villagers, PAN to
Vietnamese Popular Forces unit with weapons - they will now take over defense of
village from Tigers.
Villagers, Popular Forces
troops, Tiger Div. band (foreground).
use as insert material in film(s).
is noted and from what reel obtainable, &c.
"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
Second shot is of control
room - announcer can be seen thru window in background. Sound of Korean music as
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nurse Captain LEE of Seoul with 2 doctors and Tiger soldier
Then plaster patient (Tiger soldier) with
nurse Captain CHUN of Chon Ju, Korea.
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.
Exterior shots hospital area.....may be overexposed.
Hospital has 400 beds.
Logistic support command area - convoy in
Montage of shots showing maintenance,
&c. in repair sections, - last of these is 105mm barrel with split section.
Army boots being repaired.
Food stores being unloaded.
Interiors "Voice of the Tiger" radio station on base - shows disc then announcer
in background, then shots announcer.
Sign - says
"Voice of the Tiger".
Aerial for station _ TILT
General CHAE garlanded. He is
Commanding General Tiger Div. and also CG ROK Forces in Viet-Nam.
Korean Tae-Kwon_Do instructors garlanded by Vietnamese
girls in their national dress - the Ao-Dai (pronounced ow-zeye).
Display by young men and women pupils of Korean
instructors instructors can be seen wearing garlands of flowers - on one in seen
Tiger soldiers past in truck.
refugees unload trucks of all their goods.
track thru paddy fields to new homes - an old village now in safe area.
At new living area.....few old huts, &c.
Korean Tiger officer gives cigaretts to old lady.
characters says "JAEGU" -(pronounced Jay Koo)
Company area on front line.
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,
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
Jaegu Company Commander, Captain CHUNG from KANG HOUNG City in
Korea inspects rifles, &c. of troops before they take up positions.
Lookout tower, shots from tower over Korean position -
all area outside perimeter is Viet-Cong - at the moment.
Tiger troops of company relax with game of chess just before
dark - no lights are shown at night.
Jaegu Company troops "relax" with tae-kwon-do at Jaegu
Jaegu Company troops "relax" with
Korean wrestling Jaegu position.
Sign Jae Koo
Hamlet - named after Jaegu (same pronounciation) Coy.
Cottages built with help of Koreans, TILT to mother & kids.
Tiger troops on guard at gate to
village - villagers returning for night to safety of hamlet.
Captured Chinese Communist sub-machine gun, TILT to Tiger on sentry
duty - night before he had killed VC and captured weapon.
Sentry on duty.
Last 4 shots back at
Guard at main gate - gives "Meng-Ho"
sound of these same troops practising Tae-Kwon-Do on 100' "sound insets" reel.
Pronounced ta-kwon-doe (ta as in cat)
Troops practising Tae-Kwon-Do in camp area - 30 minutes
active sport is compulsory per day.
black-belt instructors training together - they are actually connecting with
Div. HQ - Qui Nhon road:
Bridge on road, Tiger on guard duty, traffic beyond.
Guard - military trucks being washed in river
Traffic on road. All this was
previously VC controlled and traffic was almost at a standstill - trade and
communication virtually impossible.
at work near road in paddy fields.
Qui Nhon town. This was previously acknowledged most "unsafe" large town in
South Viet-Nam - now under Korean protection with terrorism almost nil.
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.
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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
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.