Renewed fighting flared up around Phnom Penh on Thursday (November 11) as Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces launched a determined assault on vital communications.
Renewed fighting flared up around Phnom Penh on Thursday (November 11) as Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces launched a determined assault on vital communications. Visnews Cameraman Lee Yosep filmed the fight for control of Highway Three, 20 miles (32 Kms) south-west of the capital.
Government troops suffered many casualties in vicious battling in the paddy fields alongside the highway. It was one of a dozen communist attacks launched in the region of Phnom Penh during the last five days at the start of a major dry season offensive.
SYNOPSIS: In the paddyfields alongside Highway Three, twenty mils south-west of Phnom Penh, Khmer Republic troops were engaged in vicious fighting for control of the road. The troops were fighting off one of a dozen attacks launched before the weekend by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. Vital communications around the capital formed the target for this major dry season offensive.
The intense communist pressure around Phnom Penh was a nasty shock for the Khmer high command, which had been trying to reinforce its long-running operation to open up Highway Six. Here on Highway Three, early reports spoke of at least half a dozen Khmer casualties. But the government suffered much worse casualty figures in the north, where more than four-hundred wounded were abandoned in the town of Romlong as defenders fled from communist attackers.
Along Highway Three, however, Government casualties were reportedly similar to Viet Cong losses.