The newsreel “Combat Bulletin No. 113 Of the Armed Forces: Stalemate in Korea” provides an update on events in Korea during the summer of 1951—limited ground combat against the backdrop of the truce talks at the Kaesong Conference. The first clip shows a U.S. patrol infiltrating enemy territory northwest of Inje, where U.S. troops use hit-and-run tactics to inflict damage (01:24). A Communications team prepares to erect a VHF station by reviewing plans (03:06). A combination of pack mules (03:30) and Korean civilians (04:05) help haul supplies to the site of the station. Once antennas are set up (04:21), the remaining supplies are brought to the station using a pulley-shuttle system (05:30). After installing the switchboards, contact is made with another station (06:10), and the new VHF station is up and running. The next segment, “Attack on Hill 1179” (07:06), shows U.S. riflemen braving the heavy July rains as they move to take Hill 1179, just north of Yanggu. The riflemen are supported by self-propelled 155 mm Howitzers (07:45), tanks (08:23), and a mortar company firing M2 4.2 mortars (09:05). Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcars assist in the operation by resupplying ground forces with ammunition and supplies via airdrops (09:36). The film moves from the combat side of the conflict to humanitarian side, where Korean refugees gather on the south shore of the Han River (10:15) hoping to return to Seoul now that the enemy has been pushed north. Most of the indignant refugees, including orphaned or lost children (11:20), are denied access across the river because of food shortages in Seoul. Those who are allowed to return are first given typhus vaccines (11:42) before they are allowed to board the boats (12:15) that will take them across the Han River (13:00) to the ruins of their homes. The film then shows a U.S. north of Yanggu, where an enemy box mine inflicted damage to an M4 tank and injured its crewmember (14:08). A soldier probes for more mines and finds a second box mine, disabling it (14:14). Soldiers help brace the tank (14:28) while a tank retriever arrives (14:45) to haul the crippled tank back to a maintenance shop. This newsreel concludes with cease-fire negotiations at Kaesong on 27 July 1951 (15:05). Kaesong was in territory controlled by the Communists, evident by the presence of British and Australian communist correspondents Alan Winnington and Wilfred Burchett (15:24) and “Red” propaganda posters (15:34). After the meeting, General Nam Il and his Chinese colleague leave the building (15:43) to report on the progress, while the UN convoy is stranded when the pontoon bridge over the Imjin river is washed away (15:51). A U.S. Army captain is rescued after being stranded on one of the pontoons (16:04). The following day, Vice Admiral Charles Joy and General L.C. Craigie arrive at Kaesong (17:05) to continue the talks, only to find that the Communists have directly violated the terms of the truce talks by allowing 83 fully armed Chinese soldiers (17:11) to enter the neutral area and make camp. Because of the violation, Admiral Joy terminates the meeting and leaves the conference after just seven minutes (17:44), and goes to report the violation via radio to General Matthew Ridgway in Tokyo. General Nam Il (18:05) sheepishly apologizes for the incident and the talks resume.
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