United Sates heavy bombers pounded communist positions around Phnom Penh on Tuesday (17 July) as Khmer forces continued their sweeping operations to flush out the guerrillas.
GV ZOOM People & ox carts down highway (6 shots)
SV PAN Body on road TO carts
SCU, SV Troops look as refugees walks down highway (2 shots)
SV Refugees on road ZOOM smoke on hilltop
SV PAN soldiers & mortar fire
SV 155 mm guns firing (2 shots)
SV Wounded soldier carried off
SV Wounded refuge carried off (2 shots)
GV PAN More wounded refugees ditto (2 shots)
SV Soldier PAN refugees
SV ZOOM OUT oxes out of water PAN bridge (2 shots)
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Background: United Sates heavy bombers pounded communist positions around Phnom Penh on Tuesday (17 July) as Khmer forces continued their sweeping operations to flush out the guerrillas.
As the big operation to find the guerrillas continued, more than 3,000 refugees escaped from their homes around the Phnom Penh Baset military base, a small hillside town overlooking Phnom Penh and its airport, and about 14 miles (23 KM) from the capital.
The refugees escaped on foot and in ox-carts, taking with them whatever they could. The Khmer Republic's crack Seventh Division Artillery Unit did what they could to help get the refugees away safely, sending some of their families to safety aboard military trucks.
After the first attacks on Tuesday morning, the communist forces cut the main road linking Phnom Baset with the Government Military base, virtually leaving the men from the Seventh Division surrounded, and fighting for their lives. Help from Khmer Government rescue forces was on the way by Tuesday night, but it had only managed to advance one and a quarter miles (2 KM) towards the hill.