Allied military operations in South Vietnam have uncovered caches of enough arms and stores in a recent three week period to supply a 10,000 man communist division for more than three months. Elements of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division fighting 90 kilometers northwest of Saigon, just 25 kilometers from Cambodia, discovered a deep-dug 30-bunker complex crammed with 45 tons of food and ammunition. It included quantities of small arms ammunition, shells, mortar, and recoilless rifle rounds, rockets, and explosives; mostly of Communist Chinese manufacture. South Vietnamese Rangers on operations in the Mekong Delta have seized 300 automatic weapons. These guns are believed to be of West German origin. Military authorities estimate these losses to the enemy to be the worst since the beginning of the war, with significant impact on communist ability to indicate that most communist war material is transported and infiltrated on the backs of oppressed laborers and enemy soldiers.
Soldiers With Their Civet Cat And A Mortar Parachute
Cai Cai 1966. Richard H. Dick James standing 2nd from left. "We had just made our civet cat airborne qualified, using a mortar parachute off the observation tower. Sergeant First Class Allard, Staff Sergeant Conard, Sergeant Richard "Dick" James and Staff Sergeant Passmore. We got a group of four A-teams together, made a night jump at Bragg, and each team hiked to a target. We hiked (during the nighttime) to the Bragg Ammo Dump. Arrived before dawn, and reconnoitered the site. In the early dawn we cut our way through the fence/barbed wire, and snuck onto the grounds of the ammo dump. We then placed signs on each bunker, saying 'destroyed by Detachment A-42, Company D, 7th Special Forces Group.' The other three teams did the same at the base water supply and power supply, as well as the aircraft on Pope Air Force Base. The Ft. Bragg commanding general was livid, and chewed out everybody involved. It was a 'blast.' None of the teams were ever spotted." — with Richard H. Dick James. Photo by Richard H. Dick James.
White phosphorus is used in smoke, tracer, illumination, and incendiary munitions. In addition to its offensive capabilities, white phosphorus is a highly efficient smoke-producing agent, which burns quickly and produces an immediate blanket of smoke. As a result, smoke-producing white phosphorus munitions are very common, particularly as smoke grenades for infantry, loaded in grenade launchers on tanks and other armored vehicles, or as part of the ammunition allotment for artillery or mortars. These create smoke screens to mask from the enemy movement, position, infrared signatures, or the origin of fire. Photo by SP4 Robert Scheurer, 11B (1968 - 1969) 1st Platoon "The Pioneers" 1st Battalion, 11th Inf. Regiment, 1st Brigade, 5th Inf. Div. (mech). Quang Tri Province, RVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN)). Photo repaired by Dan Fox