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Captured Viet Cong footage

Item Number: 1390VI1634
 Moving Image
Language
English
Digital Object Type
Moving Image
Physical Location
I006.0 I006.0
Number of Media
1
Format
16mm
Time - Hr:Min:Sec
6:52

General Note / OCR

Black and white captured Viet Cong footage obtained from a Mobile Photo Lab Group. Film appears to have been made in North Vietnam to give the Viet Cong a boost. This film shows troop and equipment movements, the shooting down and capture of an American Air Force Pilot(s). The original film was supposedly sent to the Pentagon. Captured Viet Cong footage. During our assignments we 'bargained' with others that may have had items of interest. Since we carried different types of color film, it became a great 'bargaining chip.' On one of my assignments, I ran across a 'Mobil Photo Lab Group' that had obtained a copy of this captured film. It appears to be a film made by North vietnam, to give the Viet Cong a boost, that they can win the war. It shows troop and equipment movements, the shooting down and capture of an American Air Force Pilot(s). this film copy is inthe negative format and if it is transferred to digital format, one might be able to create a positive format. I was told that the original was sent to the Pentagon, but the Photo Lab kept a copy for their records. I was able to obtain a copy by offering several rolls of 16mm color Motion Picture film. The copy was made on a special film base (I do not recall what it is called), but it is very thin, but has some strength to it. I would still be cautious when handling and threading it in a projector. It is a very interesting film. I would hope that the captured pilot(s) were later released rather than died in the horrific POW prisons of North Vietnam.'

Pub Credit Line
1390VI1634, Chuck Abbott Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 04 Aug 2004 [Updated: 20 May 2016]