THE WAR: Elusive Victories

The battered city of An Loc was still under siege last week—the longest of the Viet Nam War, surpassing the 74-day record set at Khe Sanh in 1968. Nonetheless the South Vietnamese government proclaimed An Loc a major victory, on the grounds that it had not been overrun. Certainly its defenders deserved full credit for endurance and courage under the war's heaviest artillery barrage (TIME, June 26). But An Loc is not yet a victory for either side.

The South Vietnamese relief column, sent to reopen An Loc's lifeline in the early days...

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