Only hours after President Nixon announced his new Indo-China peace proposals on Wednesday(7 Oct), the heaviest fighting of the Cambodian war was reported in the Taing Kouk area, north of Phnom Penh.
GV Helicopters on ground
SV PAN Men carry dead to helicopters
SV PAN men TO stretchers
SV Troops & officer
SCU Wounded inside helicopters
GV Helicopter takes off
GV Ditto PAN troops
SV Government troops
SV Girl paratroops relaxing
GV Troops swim in dam (2 shots)
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Background: Only hours after President Nixon announced his new Indo-China peace proposals on Wednesday(7 Oct), the heaviest fighting of the Cambodian war was reported in the Taing Kouk area, north of Phnom Penh.
Helicopters were called in by the government force on Monday (October 5) to carry out the dead and wounded from weekend clashes between Government troops and Pro-Sihanouk forces.
The clashes occurred just east of Taing Kouk where guerrillas hit government troops from well-concealed bunkers. Since then, troops in the town itself have come under withering fire from the jungle east and west of Taing Kouk. A government spokesman described one assault as "quite serious".
The 13,000-man task force reoccupied Taing Kouk on September 25th after bitter fighting. The original intention was to push ahead and reopen route six to the provincial capital of Kompong Thom, 35 miles (56 kms) to the north. Observers now believe the troops will spend at least another week in their present positions attempting to secure the area around Taing Kouk.
Many of the 13,000 troops -- the biggest government task force put together in the Cambodian fighting this year -- are taking full advantage of the lull to rest and clean up in the local dam. Among them are a group of girl paratroops who took part in the fighting along the road from Skoum to Taing Kouk.