Refugees and wounded soldiers continue to pour into Phnom Penh as communist action intensifies in the Khmer Republic.
SV Troops and civilians standing around and packing
CU Child holds chicken
SV Dead soldier wrapped in shroud
SCU Soldiers preparing to leave
CU Child holds rifle
SV Girl soldiers walks past followed by people with belongings
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Mother on lorry wearing helmet to soldiers and families climbing aboard truck
SCU PAN Girl soldier walks with small child and baggage
CU PAN Soldier past with two rifles
CU Child carrying rifle and baggage TRACK INTO child surrounded by belongings
GV Soldiers and civilians boarding ferry
TV TRACK OUT FROM People bathing in river to ferry crossing
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Background: 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.