Film opens showing scattered wreckage of a UH-1H helicoptor damaged by enemy fire or by collision with obstacles during landing. As troops work to clear wreckage, another UH-1 lands precariously in the midst of debris. Troops dismount. Other soldiers work around the crash site. Nearby, a contingent of troops is busy carving out a proper landing zone, using small tools and a number of chain saws. Two of them pass close by the camera, carrying a huge tree trunk. Troops employ chain saws close to one another as they work on the tangled underbrush and trees. In the background, one soldier chops smaller brush with a machete. (Note: It has been reported that these scenes depict elements of B Company, 227th Assault Helicopter battalion, at LZ Pepper, and the UH-1H seen landing might be from the 1st/9th "Head Hunters.")
1st Air Cavalry Dv. of Operation Delaware. A Shau Valley filled with smoke and pockmarked with craters all over. April 1968.
U.S. General Officers planning for the U.S. Army 101st Air Cavalry Division's Operation Somerset Plain ( A Search and Destroy Mission to prevent North Vietnam Army elements from reentering the A Shau Valley, in Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam). U.S. Officers including Major General Melvin Zias, Brigadier General John, S Lekson, Marine Major General C B Drake discussing a map with Lieutenant Colonel Daniel G. Sharp, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, 502 Infantry Regiment. August,1968.
1st Air Cavalry Dv. of Operation Delaware. Group of soldiers seen on the ground at Camp Evans. UH-1D copter land and a group of soldiers get down. Pictures of helicopter leaving and soldiers walking through a bushy path. 17 April 1968.
1st Air Cavalry Dv. of Operation Delaware. Smoke rising from the ground. UH-1Ds helicopters flying in the air. 19 April 1968.
1st Air Cavalry Dv. of Operation Delaware. CH-47 helicopter seen with load of supplies. Wreckage of CH-47. Soldiers seen adjusting 105mm Howitzer and marking some path. Officers talking amongst themselves. 22 April 1968.