• Short Summary

    North Vietnamese troops advanced south along the banks of the Mekong River towards Phnom Penh yesterday (Tuesday) overrunning a Cambodian battalion headquarters and forcing the home forces to retreat.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Cambodian troops in F/G. watch as Cambodian fighter bombers bomb North Vietnamese on far bank of Mekong river (3 shots)
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    2.
    LV Mekong River with Cambodian naval boat passing
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    3.
    LV Troops get into buses, withdrawing to Phnom Penh.
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    4.
    SV & CU Troops march away from river bank with full kit (4 shots)
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    Initials BB/MR/C O BB/MR/BB



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: North Vietnamese troops advanced south along the banks of the Mekong River towards Phnom Penh yesterday (Tuesday) overrunning a Cambodian battalion headquarters and forcing the home forces to retreat.

    The Cambodian battalion commander estimated the enemy force at about 1,000 strong. He said the North Vietnamese had launched a series of heavy ground attacks on his positions.

    After a relentless onslaught of mortar bombing and ground attacks, the North Vietnamese briefly withdrew. But within a few hours they renewed the offensive, killing four Cambodian and wounding 20 others.

    The Cambodian battalion commander ordered a withdrawal when even air support failed to dislodge the North Vietnamese form their positions.

    The Cambodians estimate that they killed or wounded at least 100 North Vietnamese during the battle, but the retreat put the North Vietnamese less that 15 miles (24 Kms) from Phnom Penh.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA84B3F9CMRRKNQNZFWD1TZTOSO
    Media URN:
    VLVA84B3F9CMRRKNQNZFWD1TZTOSO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/06/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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