• Short Summary

    Communist pressure on Phnom-Penh, capital of the Khmer Republic, is increasing steadily, with a particular surge of fighting in the south.

  • Description

    Communist pressure on Phnom-Penh, capital of the Khmer Republic, is increasing steadily, with a particular surge of fighting in the south.

    A Visnews cameraman accompanied government troops entering communist-held country in a bid to clear a highway to release peasant farmers trapped further south.

    The troops come across a road block, and spot a booby trap. Meanwhile, a group of refugees has been spotted by another unit, and they are escorted to government territory.

    SYNOPSIS: A reconnaissance unit moves along a highway in the Khmer Republic. It's only a few miles south of the capital, Phnom-Penh, but it's deep in communist-controlled country.

    Back in a temporary command post, officers order a barrage of covering mortar fire.

    The operation is intended to clear the highway to allow some peasant farmers trapped further down the road to return to government territory.

    The advancing troops are on the look-out for booby traps--and it's not long before they're radioing back to the command post that they've found one.

    The booby trap is in a road-block. It's a grenade with the pin out -- and it'll got off if anyone dislodges a stone.

    The troops turn back, after hearing that another unit has located the refugees they were trying to reach. They're in a cheerful mood -- they've all got back safely and their objective has been achieved.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2O2IN6VT9W7TKAMPFUWT310LD
    Media URN:
    VLVA2O2IN6VT9W7TKAMPFUWT310LD
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/01/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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