• Short Summary

    Cambodian troops have been battling for the Communist-held Pich Nil Pass on Highway Four in a concerted drive to reopen the lifeline between the capital, Phnom Penh, and the sea.

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    Cambodian troops have been battling for the Communist-held Pich Nil Pass on Highway Four in a concerted drive to reopen the lifeline between the capital, Phnom Penh, and the sea.

    On Tuesday (19th January) Cambodian troops were fighting for control of one entrance to the narrow six-mile-long pass halfway between Phnom Penh and the deep-water port of Kompong Som. They had earlier come under close fire as they moved into position near the bottom of the Pass.

    The troops were supported by American strike aircraft and helicopters which pumped a constant stream of rockets into Vietcong positions. As they did, several detachments of soldiers left the battle-scarred highway and pushed up through the jungle towards the commanding heights of the Pich Nil Pass. Guerrilla units were encountered on the way, and bitter hand-to-hand fighting ensued. There were no reports available concerning casualties.

    On the highway, the remaining Cambodian soldiers were busily engaged returning heavy mortar fire. There was particularly strong resistance form the Vietcong as a push was made towards a villa once owned by deposed Prince Sihanouk. The villa is thought to be held by troops of the North Vietnamese 101st Regiment.

    While Cambodian wounded were being evacuated from the area, Vietcong snipers and mortar attacks turned back several advance units along the Pass. However, South Vietnamese troops were reported at the same time to be closing in one the far end of the Pass, and the Phnom Penh military command was reporting that the South Vietnamese had reached the government enclave at Kompong Seila.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACNTOY471K4HV9FUZQ4JE5E5Q0
    Media URN:
    VLVACNTOY471K4HV9FUZQ4JE5E5Q0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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