In the Khmer Republic, Government forces are still trying to break through Communist defence to reach the encircled provincial capital of Kompong Thom northeast of Phnom Penh on Highway Six.
GV PAN FROM Sabotaged bridge to temporary floating bridge
SV Soldiers in F/G.. floating bridge in B/G.
SV Jeep crosses bridge
CU Troops along road to camera
SV Troops and others pass camera Phnom Santuck in B/G.
SV More troops to camera, cart with supplies passes
SCU Troops pull ox cart with supplies
SV Troops pass another sabotaged bridge (2 shots)
LV Ox cart driven through flooded paddy
SV Armoured personnel carrier with slogan 'TCHENLA II VICTOIRE' painted on plating to camera and then into flooded paddy
LV Soldiers file across another destroyed bridge
Initials BB/1708 TA/MR/BB/1725
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Background: In the Khmer Republic, Government forces are still trying to break through Communist defence to reach the encircled provincial capital of Kompong Thom northeast of Phnom Penh on Highway Six.
Bridges sabotaged by the Communist forces have hampered the advance of the Khmer troops, but the Government command has been quick to improvised by sending in soldiers on foot to reinforces troops already in the area.
The Khmer High Command has reported more than 100 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong were put out of action as the fighting continues. During a six-hour battle on Thursday (21 October), air strikes were called in to disperse some 300 Communist troops from a hill which dominates the approach to Kompong Thom.
The Khmer Government has mobilized a 20,000 man tack force--its biggest operation of the war in the country--to clear Highway Six and relieve the provincial capital which has been isolated by Communist forces for 10 months.
This film, from Visnews cameraman Neil Davis, was shot near the battle areas as the troop reinforcements moved forward.