• Short Summary

    The remnants of a government front-line force have been fighting a rear-guard action along the west bank of the Bassak River, parallel to Highway 30, some 10 miles (16 kilometres) south of Phnom Penh, the capital of the Khmer Republic.

  • Description

    The remnants of a government front-line force have been fighting a rear-guard action along the west bank of the Bassak River, parallel to Highway 30, some 10 miles (16 kilometres) south of Phnom Penh, the capital of the Khmer Republic.

    In a battle with rebal forces several days ago, the government troops lost 400 men when two out-posts were overrun. 200 wounded were evacuated, and only 100 soldiers were left fighting.

    Because of heavy fighting on other fronts, especially around the ancient city of Oudong and the port of Kampot, there are few spare reinforcements for the troops along the Bassak River. Some Armoured Personnel Carriers could be spared, but only to help delay the government retreat under constant enemy fire.

    The New Year in Khmer is on 13th April, and the insurgent forces in the area may, according to observers, have set their sights on Takhmau, a Phnom Penh suburb, as their target for capture by that date.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAIO6G46ZCKRGABH7FZV5U9RJE
    Media URN:
    VLVAAIO6G46ZCKRGABH7FZV5U9RJE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/04/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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