Khmer Government reinforcements moving towards Srang, scene of recent heavy fighting, were hit by a North Vietnamese ambush on Friday (June 18).
Khmer Government reinforcements moving towards Srang, scene of recent heavy fighting, were hit by a North Vietnamese ambush on Friday (June 18). VISNEWS cameraman Neil Davis, who was about a mile away at the time of the ambush, filmed the withdrawal of the wounded Khmer troops. He counted about a dozen Government casualties being evacuated. Another six were left dead on the battlefield.
SYNOPSIS: Khmer Government troops operating a short distance from the capital Phnom Penh suffered a reverse on Friday. These men were reinforcements. They were advancing towards Srang, the advancing towards Srang, the scene of recent heavy fighting twenty-five miles south of the capital. Only a couple of miles from Highway Three, these troops were ambushed by North Vietnamese forces. About a dozen were wounded, and at least six left dead on the battlefield.
The Srang garrison had fallen a week earlier -- and there's been no denial from the Khmer High Command that losses were the highest for a single action since the war started. Within hours, the position had been recaptured and lost again, Now that the monsoon rains have started, flooding paddy fields, fighting has flared for a number of strategic areas of high ground near Phnom Penh.