• Short Summary

    Government troops in the Khmer Republic scored a much-needed victory when they over-ran heavily entrenched insurgent positions to the northwest of Phnom Penh on Saturday (16 February).

  • Description

    Government troops in the Khmer Republic scored a much-needed victory when they over-ran heavily entrenched insurgent positions to the northwest of Phnom Penh on Saturday (16 February).

    The victory was a morale-booster for the government forces and relieved some of the intense communist pressure on Phnon Penh.

    The Khmer forces had been fighting the insurgents in the area for well over a month with little success.

    A week ago the battle-hardened 80th Infantry Brigade, the successful defenders of Kompong Cham last year, were moved into the front line.

    However, their initial attack last Wednesday (February 13) was brought to a rapid halt hen the Khmer Rouge used poisonous gas.

    But on Saturday, with the backing of armoured personnel carriers and anti-personnel rockets, they advanced rapidly and re-captured more than a kilometre of communist territory.

    The battle, one of the fiercest for some time was filmed by Visnews cameraman Neil Davis who was in the front line throughout the attack.

    SYNOPSIS: Despite superior government forces, the communists fought back strongly, forcing he Khmer troops to clear the area bunker by bunker. The communists then fell back to a second and third line of prepared defences, taking a continual toll of government troops.

    The government success in the north-east was only brief, however, as Communist gunners continued to shell Phnom Penh from other areas near the beseiged city. Ten people were killed and at least fifty four injured in three attacks. Shortly afterwards the Khmer Cabinet met to consider ways of protecting the capital. But past attempts to prevent the shellings have completely failed as communist forces control almost the entire city perimeter.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA59P99NDERLX0XU8T4NUJD34FK
    Media URN:
    VLVA59P99NDERLX0XU8T4NUJD34FK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/02/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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