• Short Summary

    Fighting is still going on near Phnom Penh - capital of the Khmer Republic - as the Communists struggle to keep their positions until the American bombs stop falling on August 15th.

  • Description

    Fighting is still going on near Phnom Penh - capital of the Khmer Republic - as the Communists struggle to keep their positions until the American bombs stop falling on August 15th.

    The little village of Phnom Baset 14 miles (23 kms) from Phnom Penh has become especially significant to the war because of a small strategically important hill nearby. The hill overlooks Highway 4 which links the capital with the deep water port of Kompong Som. The vital highway has been cut several times by the Communists recently, and they are still threatening it.

    The hill is also in easy range of Phnom Penh and if the Communists captured it, they could attack Phnom Penh and the airport.

    American airforce F-1-11's have been bombing the area heavily. On July 10th eight of these planes were called in to try and prise loose the Communists hold. In the last few days the government forces report that 400 communists have been killed.

    After the air support, ground troops advanced into the surrounding jungle. But the communists are dug in deeply and in spite of the bombing, they attacked the government ground troops and their armoured personnel carriers.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9V15X0D5C2O2T35WKI0YZIBVM
    Media URN:
    VLVA9V15X0D5C2O2T35WKI0YZIBVM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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