Government forces sustained heavy losses west of Phnom Penh, the Khmer capital, over the weekend, as they battled with Communis forces for control of the so-called 'invasion route' to the capital.
SV Soldiers find bodies on prey Khiev Hill (4 shots)
SV PAN FROM troops to murdered family (3 shots)
SV Soldiers outside remains of hut and burning body on ground
SV PAN FROM dead to young boy soldier
SV PAN FROM soldier to another body
SV PAN FROM two soldiers to small girl holding chicken
SV Troops bringing in wounded and loaded onto motorcycle carriers (3 shots)
GV Countryside with smoke rising in distance
GV A37 bomber overhead
LV Bombs exploding on hill (2 shots)
SV Remains of families including small children down road
Air View bomber overhead
GV Soldiers reunited with remains of their families (4 shots)
SV Wounded soldier with small son hobbles down road
SV Boy soldiers along read
SV Wounded man on stretcher
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Background: Government forces sustained heavy losses west of Phnom Penh, the Khmer capital, over the weekend, as they battled with Communis forces for control of the so-called 'invasion route' to the capital.
This film shows the aftermath of a Communist attack on a Khmer company, early on sunday, at Prey Khiev hill, about 10 kilometres north of Highway Four.
Many civilian dependants of the soldiers living on the hill died in the action.
SYNOPSIS: Military and civilian casualties were severe over the weekend near Phnom Phen, the Khmer Republic capital, as heavy fighting continued between Government troops and attacking Communist forces. This is Prey Khiev Hill, about 10 Kilometres north of Highway Four, a strategic hill-top position occupied by the Khmer army. It suffered some of the bitterest fighting of the weekend, and a number of the soldiers' dependants living on the hill died in the action.
The 120 men on the position had known what to expect, because their Commander told Visnews he had received a letter from the Communist forces a few days before, warning him to leave the path of Communist troops moving in to lay siege to Phnom Penh.
The complete hilltop was devastated in the early hours of Sunday morning by mortars and rockets, and strong ground attack followed. Motor-cycles were pressed into service to carry back the wounded.
Vietnamese A37 jets swept in and bombed further to the west - now held solidly by the Communist forces - and the remaining troopers and their families gathered up their few belongings to trudge south to Highway 4. Refugees from the area were already making their way in that direction. Meanwhile, despite their heavy losses, the Khmer forces were holding firm to the west of the capital, and South Vietnamese troops were about to begin a large-scale operation into eastern Cambodia.