South Viet Nam: The Strain of Constant Combat

After a week of major battles, furious fighting and heavy casualties (TIME, Jan. 11), the war in South Viet Nam settled back last week into its normal pattern of vicious, hide-and-seek, hit-and-run engagements. One band of Communist Viet Cong guerrillas beheaded a government provincial district chief northwest of Saigon, and another knocked over a strategic hamlet in the northeast, capturing enough U.S. weapons to equip an entire Red company. With U.S. helicopter crews working overtime, government troops killed and wounded 75 Viet Cong and captured tons of supplies in a sweep through...

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