Fighting raged near the Khmer town of Bak Chan on Wednesday (17 November) as Government troops continued to strike at Communist positions near the western edges of Phnom Penh.
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Background: Fighting raged near the Khmer town of Bak Chan on Wednesday (17 November) as Government troops continued to strike at Communist positions near the western edges of Phnom Penh.
Lieutenant-Colonel Lon Non, brother of Prime Minister Lon Nol, said at his military headquarters near Bak Chan that ground fighting, artillery barrages and United States air strikes were continuing.
Other battles have been going on within five miles (eight kms) of the capital near the village of Ta Chet. A Communist force of between 100 and 200 men is reported to be holding out there despite constant assaults by Khmer troops.
Khmer High Command spokesmen have said that the fighting is likely to continue until more Government troops can be concentrated near the village in an attempt to surround the Communist unit, which on Tuesday (16 November) slipped around the front of the Khmer advance and attacked from behind.
This film, from Visnews cameraman Yosep Lee, shows the Khmer forces attacking Communist positions on the northwestern outskirts of Phnom Penh.
SYNOPSIS: Khmer Government forces continued their attack on Communist positions on the northern outskirts of Phnom Penh on Wednesday. A Communist force, estimated by military officials to be between a hundred and two hundred man, slipped in front of the Khmer advance on Tuesday and entrenched itself near the capital, causing heavy casualties in the Khmer ranks.
Latest reports indicate that large North Vietnamese forces are converging on Phnom Penh in what military observers see as an attempt to isolate the capital. They have pointed out that although the North Vietnamese have the fire-power, no rockets have fallen on the city itself. They have added that the Communist troop movements may be designed to further the slash of Government troops columns working north of Phnom Penh along Highway Six.
No High Command details of casualties have been released, but the Khmer troops are claiming that at least fifty Communists have been killed in recent fighting near the capital.
More than 2,000 Khmer troops are combing the rice paddies around the capital, spearheaded by a column of armoured vehicles. Some military experts have estimated that as many as 4,000 Communists have infiltrated into the area during the rainy season over the pat four months.