• Short Summary

    Highway Four, the road link between the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh and the sea at Kompong Som is now open, although not yet used by civilian traffic.

  • Description

    Highway Four, the road link between the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh and the sea at Kompong Som is now open, although not yet used by civilian traffic.

    Some 13,500 Cambodian and South Vietnamese troops fought for days last week to clear the road, which had been closed for almost two months by North Vietnamese troops dug in on the heights of Pich Nil Pass 62 miles (102 Kms) south-west of Phnom Penh. This film of heavy fighting was shot on the 20th and 21st of January.

    The Cambodian troops charged into Pich Nil Pass in an effort to join up with South Vietnamese troops advancing along the highway. Their sudden thrust ended three days of frustration for the Cambodians, who had been blocked by strong Viet Cong positions at the entrance to the Pass.

    They raised the Cambodian Republic's flag above the Pass after capturing the holiday chalet of ousted Prince Norodom Sihanouk. The troops had feared beforehand that the South Vietnamese might reach this landmark before them.

    Fear of heavy Communist attack has shifted in the past few days to the capital itself, at the start of the Vietnamese and Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations.

    On Wednesday (27 January) tanks moved through Phnom Penh during the night to throw a protective ring of armour around the capital as armed militia searched houses of Vietnamese and Chinese residents.

    More than 20 battalions of Cambodian troops moved out on clearing operations to the west and north-west of the city, and the Cambodian High Command reported that the military situation in and around Phnom Penh had improved.

    During the previous night the only attacks reported by the command were some distance from the city, including one on Saang, 18 miles (30 Kms) south of the capital, which has already been fought over three times in the war.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAESEWSI2W251Z7GYYF6T8TEC71
    Media URN:
    VLVAESEWSI2W251Z7GYYF6T8TEC71
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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