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).
LV APC in scene of battle
Troop forward in front line, cover behind dike (3)
CU Soldier with crucifix
MV Pan APC Forward, firing
MV Pan troops advance, urged on
GV APC firing dwith troops
CU & GV Troops firing, APC firing (4)
CU & GV Soldier behind dike, confusion and firing (3)
MV Tilt down/up Soldier stands on insurgent's body, holds rifle
GV Pan CU Soldier advance (2)
GV Dead insurgent, troops search bunkers
MV troops search bunkers
GV & MV Soldier places charges, dead soldier rolls out (2)
MV Soldier fires V41 rocket with dead insurgent in foreground
SV & MV Dead insurgent carried off
SV & MV Troops fire, rest run for cover(2)
GV Dead soldier
SV Soldier towards camera. orders, shooting starts
GVs Troops run for cover, firing (3)
GV APC firing
GV Troops, bunkers, body
GV & SV Pan Two dead carried off (2)
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Background: 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.