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Malagre L'Escalade

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Summary
Soundtrack only. Fire, buildings, brigade set up to get water, help wounded. Long pan shots of natives walking through, sorting rubble. A man (government official?) uses a map to show where the bombs fell, and gives an interview/lecture. Anti-aircraft artillery and a missile is launched. Vietnamese pilots review plans and take off. Scouting fields for bombs. Finding pellet bombs and defusing procedure. Good footage. Shots of children and older students in classroom being taught. They get called and file out into labyrinthine trenches and caves. Boy on water buffalo surveys bomb damage, widow sits by rubble of house. Road crew working repairing roads. Building bridge to float on water. Primitive tools. Scenes of bridge building and traffic flowing over bridge. Pham Van Dong approaches and is interviewed.
Topics
Pham Van Dong, 1906-2000, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, Fire warfare, Wooden bridges, War and society, Civilians in war, Civilian war casualties, Air raid shelters, Antiaircraft artillery, Bombing, Aerial Vietnam
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