• Short Summary

    South Vietnamese troops joined in the battle for the eastern provinces of the Khmer Republic for the first time on Friday (April 21) when a column of trucks rumbled out of their bases at Neak Luong to protect a convoy bringing back government survivors of the Communist offensive.

  • Description

    South Vietnamese troops joined in the battle for the eastern provinces of the Khmer Republic for the first time on Friday (April 21) when a column of trucks rumbled out of their bases at Neak Luong to protect a convoy bringing back government survivors of the Communist offensive.

    Many of the survivors were barely able to stand after being pursued through ricefields by advancing North Vietnamese troops.

    As they straggled in, fresh Cambodian troops backed up by South Vietnamese armour dashed up the main Phnom Penh-Saigon Highway (One) to rescue survivors from overrun positions.

    The town of Kompong Trabek fell on Thursday morning (April 20) after two days of fighting. Now, the North Vietnamese control large areas of the two eastern provinces of Prey Veng and Svay Rieng.

    But nearly 2,000 government reinforcements re-occupied outposts on the Prey Veng read and stiffened the defences of the provincial capital 31 miles (50 kms) east of Phnom Penh.

    The weekly river convoys along the Mekong river from South Vietnam -- bringing in most of the Khmer Republic's war supplies and civilian necessities are seriously threatened by the Communist offensive.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5L5TP1X180FFI325O7UZYCU4R
    Media URN:
    VLVA5L5TP1X180FFI325O7UZYCU4R
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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