For this blog I found a video filmed over the battle of Hue by CBS news. This is the battle before the picture was taken, the video does not cover the whole battle but it does show you the importance of the battle. Videos like these are really informational in the way that you actually get to see the fighting that they had to go thru, but since it was a news cast you don’t really get to see the worst of it. The video talks about the marines fighting in Hue and the tactics they had to use and change to accommodate the different scenery. This video will be helpful in my research process, by informing me about the extent of the battle.
In the beginning of the video it mentions how on the 5th day of the battle the marines have to move out of their compound into abandoned buildings that were previously Hue University. I couldn’t imagine the fear of being pushed out of your fortified camp into some old abandoned buildings hoping it will be enough cover to keep you alive. Later on the news reporter was talking to a Colonel about the objective they are about to do, and what type of fighting they are doing. The Colonel tells the reporter that they are going to clear out some buildings, he says, “we will be fighting from house to house and room to room.” The Colonel mentions that it will be street fighting, and that it is his first time to do it, also that a lot of the marines were not used to this type of fighting. Another thing he talks about is that if they run across civilians in these buildings, they will probably be killed. He says, if there’s anyone in there right now, they are Charlie as far as were concerned.”
The thought of knowing the enemy has the upper hand with the fighting would play a heavy toll on your mind and actions. The fear these marines had after being ran out of their camp, and now having to fight in the streets and buildings; where they have not been trained, would be unimaginable. Then on top of that fear, they are told to pretty much kill whoever they see in these buildings. Devastation could take its toll really quick in a battle like this.