SOUTH VIET NAM: NEXT, THE STRUGGLE FOR SAIGON

"It is beyond my imagination," a South Vietnamese general lamented last week. "It could all have been foreseen long ago. I repeatedly warned about the infiltration of North Vietnamese troops. Now there is no way for the present situation to be salvaged. It is finished."

What little territory remained under South Viet Nam's control shrank steadily through the week as Communist forces drew the ring around Saigon even tighter. Along the coast, North Vietnamese forces overwhelmed the towns of Phan Rang and Phan Thiet, bringing to 19 the number of provincial capitals they have captured. In the Mekong Delta they...