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.
GV Troops being briefed by officer (2 shots)
SV Soldiers (2 shots)
SV Troops moving out (2 shots)
GV Troops on hillside at Phnom Baset (2 shots).
GV 106 mm cannons being fired (2 shots)
GV smoke from shell bursts near Highway Four Pan Back to cannon.
SV Women in dugout looking towards battle zone.
CU Officer on radio (2 shots).
SV Zoom Out Cannon being fired
GV Zoom Shells exploding
TV Troop carrier moving along track (5 shots)
SV PAN carrier along highway
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Background: 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.