As the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh recovers from surprise, daring raids by Viet Cong commandos and wonders if, when and where they will strike next, giant transport aircraft of the United States Air Force make daily deliveries of ammunition and defence materials, flying between Saigon in South Vietnam and Phnom Penh.
GV Military transports at Saigon airport (3 shots)
GV Aircraft being loaded with rifles (3 shots)
SV Barbed wire and other supplies to be loaded (2 shots)
GV Aircraft landing
GV Aircraft arriving at Phnom Penh airport (PAN)
GVs Damaged buildings and people being rescued (4 shots)
SV Phnom Penh civilian residents with belongings (4 shots)
GV Truck loads of recalled troops arriving (2 shots)
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Background: As the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh recovers from surprise, daring raids by Viet Cong commandos and wonders if, when and where they will strike next, giant transport aircraft of the United States Air Force make daily deliveries of ammunition and defence materials, flying between Saigon in South Vietnam and Phnom Penh. The USAF denies there has been an increase in their air-lift since the attacks began.
The air-lifted war supplies fill as many as six flights a day into the Cambodian capital. Cargoes include ammunition for the Communist made AK47 rifles which the Cambodian Army uses.
Another important item which makes up the cargoes are bales of barbed wire which the Cambodians need for defensive perimeters around their installations. The Cambodians say that if they had more barbed wire they might have prevented Communist commandos from getting into Phnom Penh's Pochentong International Airport, which was devastated on Friday (Jan. 22).
Reports, however, tell of an apparent lack of security in the capital city. A series of bomb blasts have rocked the city over the past few days. There were six known victims who suffered wounds when an explosion ripped apart a building of the Phnom Penh Electric Company on Sunday (Jan. 24).
The saboteurs appear to strike at will. Their targets are targets of opportunity--those they can get to undetected and plant their charges.
Phnom Penh is a city struggling to get back to normal. Its residents are said not to be afraid but more confused by the series of lightning raids. Still, some are leaving the city.
Cambodian Head of State General Lon Nol has appealed on television and radio for citizens to remain clam. He told them that Phnom Penh was not in anger. But, he added, that they must remain on the alert.
Nevertheless, the Cambodian Government recalled two battalions of troops of the city. The troops had been fighting with the South Vietnamese forces to reopen Route 4, scene of grim battles recently.