In the Khmer Republic on Wednesday (1 November), heavy fighting was continuing on Route Five, about 35 miles north of Phnom Penh.
Troop patrolling (4 shots)
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Soldiers bring in ammunition
Troop brings in wounded man (3 shots)
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Background: In the Khmer Republic on Wednesday (1 November), heavy fighting was continuing on Route Five, about 35 miles north of Phnom Penh.
Communist forces had blocked the road in several places near the scene of the fighting, and Khmer troops were called in the re-open the road and push the communist forces further back into the jungle.
The Khmers took heavy casualties in the fighting. Communist forces, using artillery and rocket attacks, killed more than 20 soldiers during the initial skirmishes for the road. Among the Khmer wounded was General 11th Suong -- he was hit by artillery shrapnel and received serious injuries to the head, the chest and the legs.
Soon after the fighting broke out, the Khmers were forced to pull back and regroup before another attack. There was speculation that a flank movement by the communists was about to be carried out, but by the end of the day the fighting had died down and the Khmers dug in for the night to await further development.