The Khmer Republic has been at war for two-and-a-half years and in that time more than half the country has fallen under the control of the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong.
The Khmer Republic has been at war for two-and-a-half years and in that time more than half the country has fallen under the control of the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong. With a possible peace settlement in Vietnam at hand, which is likely to include the Republic, the Khmer army is fighting hard to hold its ground against the advancing North Vietnamese.
In the capital of Phnom Penh, the citizens are reported to have more important things on their minds than victories or defeats. They are battling for survival. The United States has stepped up its delivery of outstanding military supplies. Apart from protected convoys up the Mekong River from South Vietnam, there has been a sharp increase in the number of vehicles unloading arms at Kompong Som, 115 miles (187 KMS) southeast of Phnom Penh. However the road link between the port and the capital has been cut several times by the opening of a new South Vietnamese front.
SYNOPSIS: The Khmer Republic has been at war for two-and-a-half years and the citizens of its capital Phnom Penh, are reported to have reason to see that nothing is safe anymore. In the heart of the city Viet cong commandos blew up a bridge and escaped without being seen.
Some correspondent say the defeats and victories of the Khmer Army don't appear to matter anymore to these people. The just want to survive, even if it means living in trains that no longer run. has shattered the nation and the lives of thousands of families, who steam into the city seeking refuge from the fighting.
The Untied States has stepped up delivery of outstanding shipments of military supplies to Phnom Penh. Reports say the supplies include small arms, ammunition, mortars, howitzers, jeeps and first aid equipment. Apart from protected convoys up the Mekong River from South Vietnam, there has been an increase in the number of vehicles unloading at Kompong Som.
Troops of the 13th 'G' Independent Brigade have been trying to open the Highway to get the equipment through from Kompong Som 115 miles southeast of Phnom Penh. During the action they took several prisoners and admitted to having used torture to gain information.
The soldiers said the prisoners didn't not talk about peace. They talked only of their orders which are to continue to fight.