The American pullout from Cambodia is underway. On Highway One between Saigon and Phnom Penh?
The American pullout from Cambodia is underway. On Highway One between Saigon and Phnom Penh artillery units moving backwards towards the South Vietnam border mark the first signs of the end of ta campaign which culminates at the end of this month.
With President Nixon's June 30 deadline for withdrawal of troops from Cambodia drawing closer the Cambodian Government today (June 25) ordered a general mobilisation calling-up all the country's citizens between the ages of 18 and 60.
The vehicles from an American artillery battalion, are moving east towards the border in the Parrot's Beak area where they've been supporting American and South Vietnamese infantry battalions assigned to cleaning out Communist troops and weapons from this former Viet Cong sanctuary area.
In the remaining days of June more than 10-thousand American troops have to be withdrawn from Cambodia and in this period Guerrilla ambushes are being kept to a minimum. However, this American artillery battalion, having moved much nearer the South Vietnam border must remain in a new position for a few days to provide cover for other American units in the area.
Cambodia is now well into the monsoon rain season and subject to heavy downpours every day which makes the terrain increasingly difficult for efficient use of heavy armour and is one more reason for the ending of the present campaign on the ground in Cambodia.