The Battle of P'ohang-dong and the Pusan Perimeter in the Korean War
Korea Date:1950, August Duration:3 min 0 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Opening slate of August 1950 newsreel refers to Seesaw battle on beachhead. It shows several U.S. soldiers manning a 105mm howitzer field piece on sandy ground beside a steep hill. A small American flag marks their position. Scene shifts to a bivouac area of large tents and vehicles on flat ground. A body of water and higher ground is seen in the background. Next, an American flag flutters in the breeze, on a makeshift flagpole, atop a hill, where several soldiers are maintaining a lookout. A large radio antenna is installed on the hill. Back down on the flat land, American troops are breaking camp, pulling down the large tents. At Pohang Air Base (K-3) American troops are pulling down tents and packing up to leave. A C-46 transport plane sits nearby and a C-47 transport is in the background. Troops burn papers in 55-gallon drums. Troops load Army trucks with tents and equipment. Aerial glimpse of the area showing high hills surrounding it. View from a farm field where farmers are working, as four USAF F-80C jet fighter planes take off from the nearby airfield. View from aircraft flying above, as an F-80 attacks a ground target. Gun camera view of American aircraft strafing an installation at the base of a mountain. Explosions from striking rounds. Pilot pulls up abruptly to avoid the mountain. Gun camera view of rockets being fired from attacking aircraft on lines of communication, including rail and port facilities. Fires and smoke from the attacks. A strafing attack against a moving railroad train. The aircraft passes through heavy black smoke as the pilot breaks off the attack. Two views from aircraft making low passes over a major fire at a port facility. Both times the aircraft barely skirts heavy billowing black clouds. A line of white smoke arising from ground targets. Change of scene to the beach area shown at opening of the film, where an American gun crew is firing an M-101 105mm howitzer field piece, viewed from several angles. Change of scene shows U.S. troops working their way carefully along a mountain road in the Pusan Perimeter. Two soldiers run back from the front of the column. Troops pausing while staying close to the mountainside. Suddenly, a shell bursts just a short distance fron them, raising dense black smoke. Soldiers run across the road to seek protection close to the mountain. American soldiers moving carefully behind a parked M8 light armored car. Various vies of American soldiers operating in the mountainous area. Glimpse of fallen North Korean soldiers in the brush and foliage. American troops display a captured North Korean flag. South Korean soldiers on sentry duty outside fortified compound. Armed South Korean soldiers escort two ambulatory wounded North Korean prisoners. Wounded American soldier on a stretcher, being removed from a Sikorsky H-5 helicopter, at an airfield and being carried toward the aircraft flight line.
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