Vietnam War Video: Original Footage of the Ia Drang Valley and the Battle of LZ X-Ray.

Vietnam War Video: Original Footage of the Ia Drang Valley and the Battle of LZ X-Ray.

Above Photo: A wounded soldier is dragged back to safety during the battle of LZ X-Ray, as bullets tear up the lip of their crater. (Screenshot).

This is a superb, short (22 minute) documentary about the Ia Drang Valley and the battle of LZ-X Ray, which I featured in another detailed article recently (see link below). I took all the screenshots illustrating this article from the video.

Joe Galloway.

Joe Galloway.

Bullets rip up the dirt as a US soldier returns fire during the battle of LZ X-Ray.

Bullets rip up the dirt close by, as a US soldier returns fire during the battle of LZ X-Ray.

This footage is absolutely gripping, and massively enhanced by the recollections of Joe Galloway, a UPI Reporter, who went into Ia Drang with the first wave of choppers.

A US soldier throws a grenade at nearby North Vietnamese soldiers during the battle of LZ X-Ray.

A US soldier throws a grenade at nearby North Vietnamese soldiers during the battle of LZ X-Ray.

US soldiers hug the ground as they come under very close range North Vietnamese fire during the battle.

US soldiers hug the ground as they come under very close range North Vietnamese fire during the battle.

Galloway was the only civilian awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor during the Vietnam war, because of his actions during this incident.

Chopper takes off from LZ X-Ray.

Chopper takes off from LZ X-Ray.

A graphic showing the opposing locations of troops during the battle of LZ X-Ray.

A graphic showing the opposing locations of troops during the battle of LZ X-Ray.

The battle was the first major US assault on the North Vietnamese Army (‘NVA’) during the war, using air mobility in the form of helicopters for lifting troops into a battle zone.

The plan was to take 400 US soldiers to face what they thought were 200 NVA. When they arrived they discovered there were 1,600 NVA concealed all around them, meaning the US soldiers were outnumbered more than 8:1 when the battle commenced.

A soldier clutches a grenade launcher at LZ X-Ray.

A soldier clutches a grenade launcher at LZ X-Ray.

US soldiers return fire at LZ X-Ray.

US soldiers return fire at LZ X-Ray.

The video conveys the true horror of war with an objective commentary from Galloway, who witnessed napalm being dropped on US troops by their own side, and its devastating effects. There is incredible footage of combat so close that people are throwing hand grenades at each other, as bullets shred bark and zip past the camera.

Napalm being dropped on the jungle by a US jet.

Napalm being dropped on the jungle by a US jet.

There is also outstanding footage of and from choppers during the battle.

The video is a testament to the true horror of modern warfare and also to the psychological impact of the horrific war sights Galloway witnessed, even 45 years after the battle.

Extracting the wounded during the battle of LZ X-Ray.

Extracting the wounded during the battle of LZ X-Ray.

Helicopters being directed into land after the battle of LZ X-Ray.

Helicopters being directed into land after the battle of LZ X-Ray.

At one point the commentator states: “America’s first major battle with the North Vietnamese has ended in victory.”

The only question is – for which side?

For a modern-day take on the Vietnam War, the Ho Chi Minh Trail and Adventure backpackers in the war-ravaged jungles of Asia, see: http://peteralanlloyd.com/back-part-2/backpackers-meet-the-vietnam-war-back-screenplay-finally-finished/

For POWs/MIAs in Laos, see:

See also: http://peteralanlloyd.com/the-vietnam-war/vietnam-war-battlefields-the-lessons-of-the-ia-drang-valley-lz-x-ray-and-lz-albany/

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