• Short Summary

    With the recent increase in fighting around Phnom Penh, conscription has been introduced in the Khmer Republic.

  • Description

    1.
    Kambol military camp (2 shots)
    6 ft

    2.
    Families look at conscripts through wire
    11 ft

    3.
    Passing food etc over wire to conscripts (4 shots)
    24 ft

    4.
    Talking to conscripts through wire
    27 ft

    5.
    Women weep (2 shots)
    31 ft

    6.
    Conscripts collect foodstuffs passed over wire
    35 ft

    7.
    Guards at camp
    38 ft



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: With the recent increase in fighting around Phnom Penh, conscription has been introduced in the Khmer Republic. At the Kambol Military Camp, 10 Kilometres southwest of Phnom Penh, thousands of men have been rounded up to serve in the army. The Khmer army had previously relied exclusively on volunteers.

    The military police set up check-points in Phnom Penh last week to round up men between the ages of 18 and 35. Houses and factories were also reportedly searched by government troops for able-bodied men. Many of those eligible for the armed forces are in hiding, and the latest report from Phnom Penh indicated that the streets of the capital are devoid of potential draftees.

    There have been emotional scenes at the Kambol Military Camp. Most of the women there learnt for the first time that their husband, sons or fathers were drafted. And food, money and clothing were hurriedly passed over by their relatives.

    With the situation around Phnom Penh rapidly deteriorating, more men are needed to bolster the country's armed forces. The fighting continues to move closer to the capital. And despite the support form US B-52 bombers, government forces are still unable to make significant progress in pushing the Communists back.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA11N7NZ3JWSB52V2MQDNQZRO0V
    Media URN:
    VLVA11N7NZ3JWSB52V2MQDNQZRO0V
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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