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