• Short Summary

    In one of the most important strategic moves of the Khmer Republic war Government troops launched a major offensive on Thursday (21 March) in a bid to recapture the Communist-held provincial capital of Oudong.

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    In one of the most important strategic moves of the Khmer Republic war Government troops launched a major offensive on Thursday (21 March) in a bid to recapture the Communist-held provincial capital of Oudong.

    Simultaneously the experience Seventh Division began a massive clearing offensive from the perimeter of Phnom Penh hoping to link up with the forces fighting to relieve Oudong.

    Formerly the national capital of Cambodia, Oudong, just 14 miles north of Phnom Penh, was captured by Communist-led insurgents on Monday (18 March) - the fourth anniversary of the ousting of Prince Norodom Sihanouk.

    SYNOPSIS: A government armoured personnel carrier trundles into the battle for the Khmer provincial capital of Oudong - captured by Communist troops on Monday, the fourth anniversary of the fall of Prince Norodom Sihanouk. The Government offensive, which began on Thursday, was one of the most important strategic moves in the long war for the Khmer Republic.

    The Government attack was two-pronged. As advance troops attacked Oudong from the Tonle Sap River a second column moved towards the city from the north.

    Meanwhile the Government began a simultaneous clearing operation north of Phnom Penh. The experienced Seventh Division began a sweep up Highway Five hoping to eventually link up with the Government forces fighting to relieve Oudong.

    So far the Government has not released casualty figures from the intensive fighting for the city although it has claimed to have killed more than one hundred insurgents.

    While Government reinforcements were being rushed to the fallen Khmer provincial capital of Oudong this week, Seventh Division troops began pushing north from Phnom-Penh's defence lines around Phnom-Baset. Their aim is to push the six miles north to Oudong itself, and once there to join the battle to retake the town.

    A battalion of infantry, supported by a squadron of armour, began the push carly on thursday morning
    The Seventh moved less than three miles before encountering communist resistance. The advance path towards Oudong leads parallel with Highway Five, and this particular stretch of open territory has been in communist hands since September last year. The Khmer Government is not placing its urgent attention on this operation. If the Seventh doesn't reach Oudong, than at least it will clear a section of Highway Five.

    (If standupper ???otnot used, use alternative close) This is Tom Aspell near Phnom-Baset.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAASCTRWIDNIYQAVDRYB15M2MBF
    Media URN:
    VLVAASCTRWIDNIYQAVDRYB15M2MBF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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