• Short Summary

    In the last few days South Vietnamese Marines have been in action very near the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

  • Description

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    MV Troops walking past wrecked bridge (2 shots)
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    2.
    MV Troops towards across field
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    MV Troops interrogate fishermen (2 shots)
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    CU Fishermen
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    MV Helicopter overhead
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    LV & MV Troops beside river waving to boat (2 shots)
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    MV Troops into village
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    MV Soldier and villagers down from hut
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    MV Troops with villagers (2 shots)
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    CU Villagers smoking PAN TO soldiers
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    MV Groups PAN DOWN TO small child
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    CU Soldiers waving to helicopter flying up river
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    MV Troops through village (2 shots)
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    LV & MV Troops over fields and towards broken bridge (2 shots)
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    MV Villagers by river (2 shots)
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    MV Troops in Neak Luong buying goods (2 shots)
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    MV Air strip with helicopter and ox-carts with villagers past.
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In the last few days South Vietnamese Marines have been in action very near the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Operating from the key ferry town of Neak Luong, the South Vietnamese have mounted a series of operations deep into Cambodia.

    The South Vietnamese Marines face not only the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese, but the long-standing enmity between the Cambodian and Vietnamese races. While the civilian Vietnamese living in Cambodian have generally welcomed the South Vietnamese troops, the Vietnamese villagers have also been carefully interrogated in case their sympathies lie with the North.

    In the war in Vietnam the Marines have learned the advantages of helicopter support, and throughout this operation, which covered more than 12 miles (20 Kilometre) during the day, helicopters manned by South Vietnamese continually swept the area at low level reporting all activity.

    Neak Luong, the centre for the Vietnamese forces operating in Cambodia, has taken on the character of a Vietnamese town. Hundreds of Cambodian fled from the North Vietnamese when they occupied the area, some were killed during the battle, and then more left with the arrival of the South Vietnamese. Most of the remaining Cambodian are food vendors, and they are accepting the Vietnamese piaster as a unit of currency.

    Because so many Cambodian have left, including all Government officials, the town is all but deserted except for the Vietnamese troops. Outside the town on Neak Luong's small dirt air-strip the shiny American-built helicopters of the South Vietnamese Marines are in stark contrast to the inevitable Cambodian ox-carts carrying food into the town.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB7Y2RJ1Y8PGQ2DQC81JQF8NB2
    Media URN:
    VLVAB7Y2RJ1Y8PGQ2DQC81JQF8NB2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/05/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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