About 35 Government troops have been killed and more than a hundred wounded in a series of battles over the weekend (10-11 September).
About 35 Government troops have been killed and more than a hundred wounded in a series of battles over the weekend (10-11 September). Some of the battles occurred on Highway Seven, where Khmer forces are attempting to dislodge pockets of Vietcong resistance.
This film, shot by Visnews cameraman Yosep Lee, shows battle operations on Highway Seven.
SYNOPSIS: About 35 troops of the Khmer Republic have been killed and more than a hundred wounded in battles around Phnom Penh. A High Command spokesman said over the weekend that Government troops in sweeping operations about 19 miles southeast of the capital have lost 11 killed and 15 wounded in a day-long battle near the provincial capital of Kompong Speu. No details of Communist casualties were given when a High Command spokesman announced the khmer losses over the weekend.
Khmer troops concentrating on dislodging Vietcong forces on Highway Seven also suffered losses. The High Command spokesman had also said that Khmer forces had unearthed a mass grave of villagers shot by North Vietnamese troops near the small town of Baray, about 40 miles north of Phnom Penh. No details of the grave or the number of bodies found were immediately known. Baray was recently occupied by the Khmer forces who were driving northward along Route Six towards and surrounded provincial capital of Kompong Thom in an operation codenamed "Tchenla Two".
The weekend's fighting was the heaviest in the Khmer Republic since the operations to attempt to clear Vietcong and North Vietnamese form the country. The attacks on Vietcong-held positions hear Highway Six and Seven began in August.