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  • Question for Vets: 'Rolling' Fire in DBP Night Footage

    Gentleman:

    A question for you, if I may.

    Just came across a Franco-Spanish docco on Dien Bien Phu which has some great interviews with fascinating footage running in the background.

    (I wonder if some of this is the famous Russian footage filmed during - ie real action shots - and after - ie reconstructions of key moments - the battle...? I would also love to see it in English, or in French - which I can just about comprehend - if anyone has any ideas where said could be found...?)

    Anyway: Here is the YouTube clip:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRlR_...eature=related

    And here is the question: There is a very interesting piece of film at 5:02-5:05: What LOOKS like a line of fire rolling down a hillside, at night.

    What is it?

    I could make some nebulous guesses: Napalm? Fugas, perhaps? But I have never heard of either rolling downhill in steady, horizontal, straight lines. Very odd.

    Having never been on a battlefield myself, I am stumped. If any of you have any ideas what it may be, I'd be grateful to hear 'em. Moreover, the Spanish voiceover MAY explain what is going on - if any of you speak said lingo.

    TIA.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRlR_...eature=related
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    Originally posted by Andy_S View Post
    (I wonder if some of this is the famous Russian footage filmed during - ie real action shots - and after - ie reconstructions of key moments - the battle...?
    No Russian footage was shot during the battle.

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      That looks like a spotlight moving across the ground. Spotlight would be on the right of the screen.
      Wal
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