Heavy fighting continues to rage in the Khmer Republic, as government and insurgent troops battle for control of the country around Oudong, the ancient capital of The Khmer Republic, and only 18 miles (30 km) from Phnom Penh.
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GV Government troops waiting for help. (3 shots)
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GV PAN Troops on ground in light skirmish. (2 shots)
GV Government troops walking through bush. (3 shots)
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Background: Heavy fighting continues to rage in the Khmer Republic, as government and insurgent troops battle for control of the country around Oudong, the ancient capital of The Khmer Republic, and only 18 miles (30 km) from Phnom Penh.
The battle began on Wednesday (20 March) when government forces,s supported by helicopter gunships, moved into the area which had been over-run by Communist and irregular troops two days earlier.
Two government battalions were landed by marine gunboat on the banks of the Tonle Sap river only three miles (five kilometres) from Oudong, and immediately came under heavy fire.
Reinforcements later called in from the North also ran into tough resistance. Aircraft, helicopter gunships and artillery were called in to support the government troops.
Oudong is the first important population centre to fall to the insurgents this year.
The attack on the town came as the citizens and government forces were celebrating the fourth anniversary of the ousting of Prince Norodom Sihanouk as head of state. It was Sihanouk's downfall that led to the war in Cambodia, later re-named Tho Khmer Republic.
Government troops who deserted the city of Oudong under attack from an estimated 2,000 insurgents complained that they had run out of supplies of ammunition and food. The city is of strategic value to both sides because it's on the road to the major rice-growing region of The Khmer Republic.