Cambodian government troops are making a major effort to recapture the town of Srang, 30 miles (45 kms) south-west of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.
SV Jeep with Cambodian reinforcements
LV smoke from explosion in distance
SV officer on radiophone
SV soldier running across paddy
LV smoke in distance
SV man in paddy firing
SV soldier crawling through paddy
SV dragging body through paddy
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Background: Cambodian government troops are making a major effort to recapture the town of Srang, 30 miles (45 kms) south-west of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. The government forces were driven out of Srang last Sunday (August 30th). On Tuesday (September 1st), they fought their way back to within half a mile of the town.
In Tuesday's fighting, the government troops stationed themselves int he rice paddies, with a leafy thicket screening them from the entrenched Communist forces in the town. The Cambodian air force swept into action to bombard the town, and the ground troops made use of the diversion to inch their way forward through the water.
The Cambodian forces had the advantage in numbers, but the defenders were more experienced and had the greater firepower. As a result they were able to force the government troops back, and inflict a number of casualties. The Cambodian forces withdrew, dragging their wounded away with them over the rough and waterlogged ground.