• Short Summary

    After two days of bitter fighting against Viet Cong and North Vietnamese, at Taing Kouk, 52 miles (about 80 kilometres) north of Phnom Penh, Cambodian government troops retreated southwards.

  • Description

    After two days of bitter fighting against Viet Cong and North Vietnamese, at Taing Kouk, 52 miles (about 80 kilometres) north of Phnom Penh, Cambodian government troops retreated southwards. It was reported on Wednesday (16 September) that two battalions of reinforcements had joined the troops.

    They are expected to call in heavy air support in an attempt to resume their push northwards.

    The eight battalion task force was mounting Cambodia's first major offensive of the war when they ran into heavy mortar fire and a mined bridge.

    They set out eleven days ago to clear the major route six road, linking the strategic provincial city of Kompong Thom, 87 miles (about 140 kilometres) north of Phom Penh, when they were stopped by an estimated 1500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese guerrillas entrenched at Taing Kouk.

    SYNOPSIS: After two days of bitter fighting against Viet Cong and North Vietnamese at Taing Kouk, 52 miles north of Phnom Penh, Cambodian troops retreated southwards.

    The eight-battalion task force was mounting Cambodia's first major offensive of the war when they ran into heavy mortar fire and a mined bridge.

    They set out eleven days ago to clear the major route six road, linking the strategic provincial capital of Kompong Thom, 87 miles north of Phnom Penh, when they were stopped by an estimated 1500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese guerrillas entrenched at Taing Kouk.

    It was reported on Wednesday that two battalions of reinforcements had joined the five thousand government troops, but with little success.

    They are now expected to call in heavy air support against the Communist positions in the village in an attempt to resume their push northwards.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA943KA574LBQLB094GPZ6WLY1Q
    Media URN:
    VLVA943KA574LBQLB094GPZ6WLY1Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/09/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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