The Battle of Khe Sanh

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  • Experience America's visual heritage in this historical recording provided by the National Archives of the United States. This propaganda film was released by the U.S. Information Agency and focuses on the battle of Khe Sanh: an American tactical victory in that it induced the North Vietnamese leadership to try to revisit their victory over the French and Dien Bien Phu. However, given the enormous American aerial firepower, there was no way that the North Vietnamese could forcibly dislodge the Americans. This historical recording may contain variations in audio and video quality based on the limitations of the original source material.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on July 11, 2013.
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  • Introduction: The Battle of Khe Sanh (0:45) -- Important Location of Khe Sanh (2:14) -- Gen. Westmoreland's Rationale for Holding the Line (2:27) -- Comparison With Dien Bien Phu (1:16) -- Khe Sanh Attacked (3:44) -- Battle in the Newspapers (1:35) -- Resupplying the Khe Sanh Marines (2:28) -- "Operation Niagara" (1:21) -- The Enemy Masses for an Attack (3:14) -- Awaiting the Attack (1:13) -- Relief Troops "Pegasus" (1:59) -- Enemy Losses (1:03) -- Air Power Broke the Enemy Siege (0:35) -- Losses and Awards (1:31) -- President Johnson's Speech on Khe Sanh (2:26) -- Credits: The Battle of Khe Sanh (0:28)
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