SOUTH VIET NAM: You Tell Me When the War Will Be Over

Since the signing of the cease-fire agreement ten months ago, by Saigon's count more than 50,000 North and South Vietnamese have been killed in a series of small but bloody skirmishes. In the Central Highlands province of Quang Due, bordering on Cambodia, outnumbered and outgunned Saigon troops are currently locked in a bitter struggle to retake key outposts lost to North Vietnamese units earlier this month. A deadly war of attrition continues in the soggy green Mekong Delta, where the rice is ready for harvest. TIME Correspondent Gavin Scott visited both combat zones last week and filed this report:

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