Film: 7919

War + Military | 1960 | Sound + Silent | B/W

Synopsis:

The Vietnam War.
15.2.68 - Sound - Khe Sahn, Vietnam, South East Asia. CBS reporter in spectacles, uniform and helmet explains that he is in 'V Ring' (where the majority of incoming Viet Cong and North Vietnamese fire lands) of Khe Sahn (a U.S. Marines Military camp). States that is the home of the 3rd Recon. Bravo Company. Pan to soldiers sitting in and on a sandbagged bunker, two play guitars and all sing 'Where Have All the Flowers Gone', a folk song. Aircraft heard passing overhead. Guitarists smile at each other. Reporter asks one how he survives in the 'V Ring'. States that they play cards and sing at night. Other guitarist says that they get a bit crabby because of overcrowding but they manage. Soldiers filling sandbags. Soldiers in deep narrow trench, nearest soldier lights cigarette. Back to the folk singers. Interviewer asks soldier if the song they are singing has special meaning or if it is good to sing for a homesick soldier. States that it is a bit of both, that people should know what is going on and that the anti-war protestors at home do bother them. States that 'they' (governments) should learn how to avoid war. Reporter asks another how he keeps his spirits up. Medium shot of guitarist singing. Reporter asks guitarist if he can take the danger of death in his stride. Claims that he accepts it, places a wall between himself and reality. Medium shot of other guitarist. (These boys look so young).
15.2.68 - Silent - Khe Sahn, Vietnam, South East Asia. Long shot: Trenches, sandbags, two soldiers. Filling sandbags. Trenches. Soldier reading on sandbags. Waiting. Soldier with binoculars looking over the parapet of trench. Close up of him scanning landscape. Tent in the U.S. camp. Helicopter landing (extreme long shot). Sandbags being filled. Soldier walking down path with barbed wire to right. Field gun with shells. Soldiers sitting on sandbags chatting. Sandbag shelter. Bombed building. Jeeps parked. Soldier carries plank past damaged building. Rolls of barbed wire. Supply dump.
15.2.68 - Silent - Khe Sahn, Vietnam, South East Asia. Jets attack Viet Cong positions. Jet in flight (ground to air shot) drops napalm, explosion, area of ground covered in flames. Soldiers leaving base with suitcases running to ramp of Hercules transporter on runway. Soldiers standing next to pile of supply boxes, they look up and run into ditch next to jeep (attack). Close up of soldiers face waiting. Watch tower with 'WELCOME TO KHE SAHN' written on it. Soldier in trench surveys landscape, draws on cigarette, exhales, his rifle lies on trench parapet. Soldiers looking at mortar. Interior of bunker, soldiers play cards, man opposite camera has bandaged arm. Soldier hanging washing up on line in bunker. Soldiers eating from tins. Another reads while lying on bunk. Soldiers get dressed in a hurry and leave. Hercules transporter landing. An explosion in the distance. Soldiers lying on the ground. Two soldiers filling crater in runway caused by mortar. Moving sandbags. Building a wall of sandbags.
2.3.68 - Sound - Khe Sahn, Vietnam, South East Asia. Reporter in flak jacket and helmet crouching near barbed wire. States that this is first line of defence: seven strands of barbed wire. Explains that an enemy soldier has penetrated this defensive measure as well as the mine field. The body of the man. Soldier aiming rifle over trench parapet (rear view). South Vietnamese troops in trenches. Army Captain Walther Gunn, advisor to the South Vietnamese in Khe Sahn, interviewed. Sates that North Vietnamese Army were trying to blow command bunkers with their last attack. Able to conclude this because soldiers killed were carrying TNT satchel charges. Calls other man who got through defences sneaky. States that he expects more attacks before the big attack. Jet fighter, explosion. Field gun being fired (artillery). Explosion. Officer speaking into radio. Viet Cong mortar position has apparently been seen. Firing again, explosion. Return to reporter who states that Khe Sahn is waiting for 10 000 to 20 000 Viet Cong to try and get through barbed wire.


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