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The battle of Khe Sanh in the Vietnam War.
Film begins showing two U.S. Air Force McDonald Douglas F4 Phantom jet fighters in flight. Narrator says American intelligence reports on January 29, 1968, of a 4th North Vietnamese Regular Army Division in the Khe Sanh area, bringing total enemy strength to about 40 thousand regular troops. View of photo interpreter rolling large wet film taken by Air Force surveillance aircraft. Map of Hue, area of South Vietnam, showing disposition of American forces in the region. American Marine Colonel David E Lownds, Commander of Khe Sanh garrison, describes North Vietnamese offensives against some American held positions. Views of those attacks being repelled by artillery and air strikes as well as organic infantry weapons like the A1 millimeter mortars, 3.5 rockets, and M79 machine guns. U.S. aircraft drop munitions on enemy positions. Infantry firing guns mounted on vehicles. An F4 Phantom drops napalm that creates a swath of fire. Closeup of North Vietnamese newspaper warns that the Americans face a defeat comparable to that of the French at Dienbienphu. American newspapers express concerns about the fate of the Marine Garrison at Khe Sanh. U.S. Army General William Westmoreland, Commander of U.S. troops in Vietnam, is seen and heard expressing confidence that American forces would win the battle of Khe Sanh. American troops listen as he speaks. American artillerymen load and fire a 175 mm field gun at Camp Carrol, and a location called the Rock pile. Inside that base, are seen Ontos M50A1 multi barrel anti-tank tracked vehicles armed with 105 mm recoiless rifles. A marine fires a 4.2 inch mortar, and another fires a recoiless rifle. Marines firing a 155mm howitzer. Scene shifts to deck of an aircraft carrier. View of Navy F4J phantom fighter being launched from the USS Ticonderoga (CVA 14) (Note: this may be an anachronism. Reportedly, the F4J was not operating from aircraft carriers in the Vietnam until after1968). F-4 Phantom fighters taking off from an Air Force base. Aerial view of a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber dropping conventional bombs on North Vietnamese targets. View from the air of bombs exploding on the ground. A C-130 transport plane dropping supplies to U.S. marines on the ground. View from below of the parachutes descending with supplies. Closeup of C-130 dropping mail from above. More views of parachute drops from C-130 aircraft to Khe Sanh. C-123 transport landing at a Marine base and a C-130 taking off. Another C-123 landing. Another having load delivered by low level extraction. Marines on the ground at Khe sanh opening packages of supplies and using a tractor to transport large boxes. On February 13, Marines suffered casualties when a platoon was ambushed just outside the base perimeter. View of Marine on a litter. Heavy black smoke rises at the base from shelling by North Vietnamese artillery. A C-123 aircraft takes off with dense black smoke in the background. Another napalm attack by a U.S plane creates a large conflagration. View from above of a B-52 dropping bombs only yards outside the Khe Sanh perimeter. Marines patrolling close in the base. More views of B-52s bombing North Vietnamese targets. View of nighttime bombing operations. A Marine plotting enemy movements on a plexiglass chart. Marines manning machine guns as enemy rockets and mortars continue to pound the garrison. Officers are seen in CINCPAC Command center. Continued U.S. bombardment and air strikes appear to prevent massing of enemy forces for an assault. Marines controlling hills in the area. A UH-1 Iroquois (Huey) helicopter flying low over the base. During a lull in battle Marines fill sand bags,maintain their weapons, play cards, and keep occupies as they sit and wait. Some play basketball with an outdoor improvised backboard and net. Some marines select books from a library. A marine plays a guitar as some others listen. Closeups of them. Marines doing their wash and having a meal of C rations. Marines preparing their own combinations of ingredients into meals being cooked over open fires. Views of many marines eating the various concoctions. Marines in trucks pursuing retreating elements of North Vietnamese on Highway 9 that had been opened by Marine engineers. U.S. Army First Air Cavalry reinforcements arrive in operation Pegasus. Marine engineers working to restore bridges and roads needing repairs. Troops detecting and neutralizing mines. Bell UH-1 helicopters ferry troops. Captured enemy arms and ammunition. Surrendered North Vietnamese troops marched under guard. Location: Khe Sanh Vietnam. Date: 1968.
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McDonald Douglas F4 Phantom jet fighters
Khe Sanh Vietnam
American Air Force aircraft drop napalm
General William Westmoreland
Commander of U.S. troops in Vietnam
American artillerymen load and fire a 175 mm field gun
Ontos M50A1 multi barrel antitank vehicles
Navy F4J phantom fighter launched from aircraft carrier
C130 and C123 aircraft delivering supplies to marines
First Air Cavalry reinforcements arrive in operation Pegasus