For the third time in a month, North Vietnamese and Vietcong troops took control of Xam Giang village -- abut 45 miles southwest of Saigon -- earlier this week.
SV Troops heading towards Xam Giang village. (2 shots)
Villages leaving as troops enter. (3 shots)
SV Troops around village, VC flag flying. (6 shots)
Fighting begins and continues - various GV's and MV's (9 shots)
SV's Troops entering village (6 shots)
SV Slogans removed by troops.
South Vietnamese flag flying over village. (3 shots)
Initials OP/VS19.23 OP/VS 19.30
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Background: For the third time in a month, North Vietnamese and Vietcong troops took control of Xam Giang village -- abut 45 miles southwest of Saigon -- earlier this week.
The villagers who had just returned home two weeks earlier had to move out again to escape the bullets, shells and bombs. A regional force militia unit was ordered in by the government.
The Vietcong had barriers across the road leading to Xam Giang, while the flag of the National Liberation Front flew again over the village. When militiamen moved towards it the Vietcong rearguard opened up with rifles and B-40 bazookas.
The militia regrouped and returned the fire and as in the two previous battles in this village -- just 600 yards off the main Delta highway -- the Vietcong pulled back quickly.
When the government troops finally entered Xam Giang they found it deserted.