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Vietnam / Offensive #463840

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 30, 1972
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(Studio) All available United States bombers in West Pacific (almost 100), with 25 tons of bombs each, strike Communist positions, include those around Quang Tri and Kontum cities. 5 United States aircraft carriers send their fighter bombers into battle, while 2 cruisers and 15 destroyers pelt enemy positions along coast line. In last 10 days, United States planes have struck North Vietnam 700 times. North Vietnam forces drive to edge of Quang Tri city. Govt. relief force moving up Highway 1, stopped in heavy fighting. Copters kept from city by heavy ground fire. North Vietnam have thrown everything into current offensive.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(South Vietnam) Avenue North Vietnam soldier captured during offensive inexperienced but well equipped. Most are between 18 and 24 years old. Some so scared, they were glad to be captured. 200 Russian-built tanks brought into South Vietnam, firing 100 millimeter, 3 ft-long shells. 130 millimeter. artillery pieces, surface to air missile missile, and other sophisticated weapons supplied to North Vietnam by Russia. Chinese-made weapons also brought.
REPORTER: Jack Paxton

Paxton, Jack;
Utley, Garrick

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