More than 500 Cambodian soldiers were airlifted in South Vietnamese helicopters on Tuesday (14 July) to the compound of Kompong Thom, where Cambodians had been fighting the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong for weeks.
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Background: More than 500 Cambodian soldiers were airlifted in South Vietnamese helicopters on Tuesday (14 July) to the compound of Kompong Thom, where Cambodians had been fighting the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong for weeks. The majority of the troops in the airlift had never been in battle before and for many, it was their first ride in a helicopter.
South Vietnam supplied 25 helicopters for the operation, nearly half their strength in the area. The Cambodians are dependent on South Vietnamese support, as they have only two helicopters, one of which is reportedly grounded for repairs. The cambodians want South Vietnamese assistance because the new mobility enables them to move north and attack the Communists in their camps in sparsely populated areas rather than waiting for the Communists to move south.
The South Vietnamese have said they can only supply the helicopters when they are not needed for operations in South Vietnam.
In another battle, two battalions of Cambodian troops were reported overnight on Tuesday (14 July) to be fighting their way from villa to villa through the hill resort of Kiri Rom, southwest of Phnom Penh, trying to wrest back control from North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces. South Vietnamese helicopter gunships flew support missions in an attempt to save the beleaguered garrison. When the relief force broke through, however, it was found that many of the defenders had been killed and others had fled after running out of ammunition.