In major fighting along Highway 14 in south Vietnam, Government forces have been trying to retake three outposts overrun early last week.
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Background: In major fighting along Highway 14 in south Vietnam, Government forces have been trying to retake three outposts overrun early last week.
South Vietnamese military sources said a Government column had advanced to within about one and a half miles (2 kms) of Bu Prang, the post in the Central Highlands reported overrun by North Vietnamese troops.
Government aircraft have been flying an average of 60 sorties a day in support of the operation to reopen the stretch of Highway 14 some 120 miles (190 kms.) north of Saigon.
Communist gunners kept up a continual shelling of Government troops to stop the advance.
North Vietnamese troops stationed in the Khmer Republic have crossed the border into South Vietnam to occupy a number of Government positions, severing Highway 14 which runs north-south through South Vietnam's Central Highlands.
By Monday (November 12) the South Vietnamese forces were finding themselves outgunned and outnumbered and their advance halted and bad weather was cutting down the number of air strikes.
SYNOPSIS: South Vietnamese Skyraiders have been in operation along Highway 14 in support of advancing Government troops. The planes have been carrying out an average of sixty sorties a day against Communist held positions along the Highway which runs north-south through South Vietnam's Central Highlands. The heavy fighting flared after North Vietnamese troops were reported to have crossed from Khmer and overrun three Government outposts.
On Saturday and Sunday South Vietnamese Government forces moved against the captured outposts and military officials said they got to with in a mile and a half of one of them - Bu Prang. But opposition was fierce.
On Monday, Government officers admitted their troops had been out-numbered and outgunned. The advance has halted and bad weather cut the number of air strikes.