• Short Summary

    Fighting on the Khmer Republic's Highway Five, which leads out of the capital to the northwestern province of Battambang, pricked up early on Friday (14 December) morning Government forces tried to edge along the Mekong river bank, to force communist soldiers further back along the road.

  • Description

    Fighting on the Khmer Republic's Highway Five, which leads out of the capital to the northwestern province of Battambang, pricked up early on Friday (14 December) morning Government forces tried to edge along the Mekong river bank, to force communist soldiers further back along the road.

    The Khmers had been reinforced overnight by soldiers from the crack Seventh (7th) Brigade. They also had a squadron of ???rmour, equipped with 106 mm recoilless refiles a direct-fire weapon used with deadly effectiveness against communist bunkers and fortified emplacements.

    Immediately after the armour had drawn return fire, the Seventh (7th) Brigade commander ordered a Reckon team to pinpoint the closest communist positions.

    They managed to make only a few yards before running into heavy fire.

    The fighting was thick and fierce with both sides pouring in fire from small-arms weapons and light machine-guns.

    Captain Thath Cha, the field commander of the Seventh's (7th's) reckon group, displayed extraordinary leadership during the fighting. While remaining in constant touch with field headquarters by radio, he continued to direct his group's fire into the communist positions. It was Captain Cha who called for hand-grenades to clear pockets of resistance which had withstood previous barrages of M-79 and small arms fire. He ran forward under fire to throw the first grenades himself.

    The men under his command followed his lead and soon levelled the area immediately in front of their positions.

    The Khmers had gained only twenty yards, but - is one officer later said - every yard is vital when the communist forces are within twenty kms of Phnom-Penh. ??? Highway Five.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5GDCHKC965WIWC3V0H5V0N5H9
    Media URN:
    VLVA5GDCHKC965WIWC3V0H5V0N5H9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:06:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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