• Short Summary

    Refugees and wounded soldiers continue to pour into Phnom Penh as communist action intensifies in the Khmer Republic.

  • Description

    Refugees and wounded soldiers continue to pour into Phnom Penh as communist action intensifies in the Khmer Republic.

    This film shows Khmer soldiers and their families who survived a Communist attack on an outpost near Neak Luong, about 35 miles (56 kms) south-east of Phnom Penh. More than 40 per cent of the outpost's inhabitants, including women and children, were killed in the attack. The survivors were rescued by a Khmer Navy craft and brought to the capital.

    Khmer troops try to keep their families with them, even in the field. Handling military equipment has become second nature to their families, and children are often seen carrying their father's rifle or machine gun. One of the survivors died on the way to Phnom Penh, but his body was brought back by his relatives so that it could be given a traditional Buddhist funeral.

    Strikes by waves of United States B-52 bombers have been carried out over the Khmer Republic in a bid to break the tightening Communist grip on the capital, Phnom Penh. A relief convoy of about a dozen freighters and tankers, carrying vital food, fuel and arms supplies, was due to arrive on Saturday (7 April) after sailing up the Mekong from the South Vietnamese port of Vung Tau.

    Extra U.S. air support was ordered to help the convoy steam past Communist rocket batteries along the river. Most of the Mekong from the South Vietnamese border up to the outskirts of Phnom Penh is under Communist control.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACSKCX96LJGCITVGS6EUQA279
    Media URN:
    VLVACSKCX96LJGCITVGS6EUQA279
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/04/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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