In the Khmer Republic, Government troops pushing along the east bank of the River Bassac near Takmau, about 10 miles (15 kms) south of Phnom Penh, have been making slow progress against heavily-entrenched communist forces.
GV Soldiers walking along river bank.
MV Soldier firing machine gun.
GV Troops running for cover.
MV soldier throwing hand grenade.
MV Soldier firing machine gun. (3 shots)
GV Soldier firing rocket.
GV Soldier crawling on ground.
GV Soldier throwing hand grenade.
GV Soldier on radio telephone.
GV Soldier firing grenade.
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Background: In the Khmer Republic, Government troops pushing along the east bank of the River Bassac near Takmau, about 10 miles (15 kms) south of Phnom Penh, have been making slow progress against heavily-entrenched communist forces.
On Saturday (11 May) soldiers of the 78th Brigade, Second Division, initiated this attack with M-79 grenade launchers, M-60 machine guns and 60 mm light anti-tank weapons. The attack concentrated on the Koh Kradei pagoda, occupied for the past month by communist troops who have taken over several strong-hold positions along the east bank of the river.
At the end of the day, the Government troops were still attacking from near the pagoda, unable to close in because of heavy return fire. The Visnews cameraman filming this action was wounded in the leg by an exploding shell.
On Tuesday (14 May) communist-led insurgents were reported to be directly threatening six provincial capitals in the country,. Four of the capitals are reported by the government to have come under assault in the last few days. Another has been under steady seige for more than two months, and the sixth - Kompong Seila in the southwest - was reported on Tuesday to have been surrounded.