A Khmer battalion led by a colonel in a pony-drawn cart edged cautiously into communist territory last Monday (29 November) just north of the capital of Phnom Penh.
MV Regimental Commander Danh Croch along road
MVs Commander boarding cart
MV Wounded in ox cart (2 shots)
MV Oxcart carrying supplies (2 shots)
MV Children cover cars
SV Young troops firing mortars
SV Troops cross paddy field
SCU Soldier firing
SCU Officer gives orders
MLV Troops through fields
SCU Soldiers fire guns and grenade launchers (2 shots)
SCU Soldier fires automatic weapon
LV Smoke from target under trees
CU Soldiers with Buddha idol in mouths (3 shots)
Initials BB/0113 MF/PN/BB/0159
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Background: A Khmer battalion led by a colonel in a pony-drawn cart edged cautiously into communist territory last Monday (29 November) just north of the capital of Phnom Penh.
The day before the battalion lost two killed and 50 wounded in a similar attempt to proceed along the road, initially built as part of a defensive ring round the capital.
VISNEWS cameraman Neil Davis recorded their advance of three miles (five kilometres), a slight dent in the continuing communist pressure around Phnom Penh.
SYNOPSIS: Leading a Khmer battalion's advance into Communist-held territory just north of the capital Phnom Penh is the popular. If unorthodox commander Danh Croch. He commands his troops from a pony-drawn cart, but with success. Last Monday his battalion advanced three miles (five kilometres) against the Communists, though not without casualties. The day before, he lost two killed and fifty wounded trying to advance up the ??? road. Before the troops moved up, air strikes were called to bomb the communist positions. The troops moved cautiously, pouring fire into each clump of undergrowth as they went.
Communist soldiers have maintained pressure around Phnom Penh since early November after launching an initial offensive against the city. Government positions within fifteen miles have been hit time and time again, though two thousand communist troops are reported to be retreating from the outskirts of Phnom Penh after the attack was beaten back. With the aid of Buddha idols for good luck, these Khmer troops are again on the offensive.