For five years, the Khmer Republic, formerly known as Cambodia, has been gripped by a bitter and savage Civil War with armed clashed between Government troops and insurgents raging around the capital Phnom Penh.
GV & CU Wounded soldier (2 shots)
GV Wounded soldier taken from ambulance (2 shots)
GV Soldier stopping young men and checking papers
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MV & GV Young men aboard truck (2 shots)
GV Youths in street (3 shots)
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GV Wrecked APC
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Soldier and family living at front-line
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Background: For five years, the Khmer Republic, formerly known as Cambodia, has been gripped by a bitter and savage Civil War with armed clashed between Government troops and insurgents raging around the capital Phnom Penh.
Since the ware began the Khmer army has been built up from thirty-five thousand strong, to a force of a quarter of a million men. But even these are not sufficient to check the hit-and-run raids of the insurgents belonging to Khmer Rouge guerrilla units.
Every week an average of two hundred Government soldiers are killed in action and at least six hundred more seriously injured.
This has forced the Government to step up its recruiting drive which takes in all men from the ages of eighteen to thirty five. Unlike previous drives in which thousands of men were press-ganged, the present drive appears to be more organised. But the well-off can still buy exemption from military service while the conscript soon finds himself in the firing line, badly fed and badly paid.