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Vietnam / Offensive #222732

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 27, 1972
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(Studio) Communist offensive concentrates in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, below DMZ. North Vietnamese close in on Quang Tri city. Tank battle reported on Highway 1; 10 enemy tanks knocked out. 8 American advisers in Quang Tri city. Refugees huddle in streets. 3 trucks carrying refugees hit mines on Highway 1, killing 40. Bad weather hampers American airpower. B-52's, however, hit enemy targets while warships off shore provide added fire power. American jets attack inside North Vietnam. B-52's also strike in central highlands near Kontum.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Pleiku, South Vietnam) Appearance of families of high ranking South Vietnam officials at Pleiku airport is assurance that area is in imminent danger. They are using South Vietnam Air Force planes, diverted from war, to make escape. Vietnam MP's try to stop news cameras from filming exodus. Families fly to Nha Trang. Less fortunate civilians trapped. Roads cut by North Vietnam. These refugees huddle by road and wait.

Rabel, Ed;
Cronkite, Walter

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