Khmer Government reinforcements moving towards Srang, scene of recent heavy fighting, were hit by a North Vietnamese ambush on Friday (June 18).
SV Troops helping wounded returning through paddy field.
SV Others carrying wounded on stretcher.
SV Other troops helping wounded man to walk.
SV Man, other soldier carrying wounded man on his back.
SV Man with arm in sling helped by colleague.
SV Group of soldiers carrying man on stretcher through paddy field and into ambulance (2 shots)
SV Ambulance doors being closed and ambulance away (2 shots)
SV Other group of soldiers standing by roadside.
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Background: 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.