• Short Summary

    In this round-up from Cambodia, we look at the results of two Communist attacks and the last operation by South Vietnamese forces under Lieutenant-General Co Cao Tri, the colourful leader of their forces in Cambodia who was killed in a helicopter crash this week.

  • Description

    In this round-up from Cambodia, we look at the results of two Communist attacks and the last operation by South Vietnamese forces under Lieutenant-General Co Cao Tri, the colourful leader of their forces in Cambodia who was killed in a helicopter crash this week.

    Early in the week the Vietcong struck twice south-east of Phnom Penh - first sabotaging a bridge and then attacking an oil and ammunition convoy sailing up the Mekong.

    The bridge was on Highway One east of the Neak Leung ferry crossing on the Mekong. Vietcong sappers demolished it with mines. South Vietnamese Army engineers rigged up a pontoon ferry as a replacement, but that was soon out of action when a 40-ton army truck slipped off into the water.

    South Vietnamese and Cambodian forces began sweeping the area and patrolling the River Mekong. Cambodian infantrymen, moving through heavy jungle, used crude home-made wooden carriers to transport their arms an supplies.

    Then the Vietcong struck again - this time attacking a fuel and ammunition convoy further upstream towards Phnom Penh. Three merchant seamen and five South Vietnamese sailors were ... wounded. Gunboats escorted the convoy for the rest of the voyage.

    Meanwhile, further to the north-east, a large South Vietnamese armoured column advanced towards the Mekong town of Kratie which was in Communist hands. The 20,000-man force was under the command of General Tri, a hero to the South Vietnamese who was killed this week.

    At least one North Vietnamese was captured in the operation in which the South Vietnamese advanced up the east bank of the Mekong while the Cambodians advanced parallel on the west bank.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA80VIU31QLI5UG4PM6GPNRVCKO
    Media URN:
    VLVA80VIU31QLI5UG4PM6GPNRVCKO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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