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Construction of roads will make possible the strengthening of Communist forces in South Vietnam and Southern Laos
Date of Creation:
October 25, 1965
Date of Declassification:
May 7, 1984
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5 p., 1 map
Roads cempleted or under construction in the Laotian panhandle during 1965 will facilitate the movement of men and supplies to South Vietnam and will increase the ability of the Communists to deploy and support forces in Southern Laos. These roads in Laos are oriented to the east and south toward South Vietnam. Men and supplies can now be moved from the panhandle by a combination of truck and river transportation across the border of South Vietnam into an area 100 miles farther south than was possible prior to late 1964 or early 1965. A new road now in the final stages of construction, designated route 923, will eliminate the necessity for transfer from truck to river transportation and speed up movements to the South. Another new road also under construction, designated route 911, will reduce the distance from Mu Gia Pass to Tchepone by one-third and may provide an all-weather alternate to sections of dry-season routes 23 and 9. A newly constructed trail in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) provides a better connection between route 103 and route 9 near Tchepone and will also facilitate the flow of men and supplies through Laos towards South Vietnam.
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