Cambodia's Khmer Krom soldiers, renowned for their ferocity, celebrated victory over a strong force of Viet Cong by publicly displaying mutilated corpses of the vanquished at Kompong Cham.
MV General In Tam talking to members of staff and newsmen (4 shots)
MV In Tam looking across river.
LV Recee aircraft.
MLV Truck with Khmer rom unit arriving and troops off (2 shots)
MCU Mutilated corpses laid out.
MCU Boys holding noses and looking on, man sprays bodies.
SV Soldiers and civilians looking at captured weapons.
MCU Boys holding noses, dead bodies in background.
MCU Khmer Krom soldiers removing bodies into trucks.
Initials VS/21.22 VS/21.46
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Cambodia's Khmer Krom soldiers, renowned for their ferocity, celebrated victory over a strong force of Viet Cong by publicly displaying mutilated corpses of the vanquished at Kompong Cham.
About 100 Viet Cong were killed in the battle at nearby Roules. Twenty-two corpses, all badly cut about, were put on public view outside the offices of the Governor of Kompong Cham, General In Tam, until he finally ordered their removal.
Jim Gerrand, who shot this film, reports that one Khmer Krom officer said the mutilation of the corpses had been caused during hand to hand fighting. Gerrand is sceptical, and notes that some human intestines fetch a high price from Chinese herbalists.
SYNOPSIS: At Kompong Cham, close to the scene of some savage recent fighting in Cambodia, the Governor, General In Tam, briefs newsmen on latest developments. Of special interest to newsmen, were reports that two of their European colleagues, missing during recent fighting, had been see in a village controlled by the Viet Cong. The General at once set out with the newsmen to the nearest spot controlled by government forces in an attempt to gather further information.
The sighting was made in village across the Mekong River from this point. But despite contact with nearby units and reconnaissance flights there was no further news.
Back in Kompong Cham, a unit of Khmer Krom soldiers, renowned for their ferocity, were still celebrating a recent victory over Viet Cong. They claimed a hundred attackers were killed during an attempted assault on the nearby village of Roules.
Twenty-two corpses of the vanquished, all of them badly mutilated, were put on public display by the Khmer Krom soldiers. One of the officers suggested that the mutilation was caused during hand to hand fighting. But newsmen were sceptical. There's a tradition that the Khmer Krom disembowell the dead, and even sell the intestines to Chinese herbalists.
After a couple of days on public show, the removal of the corpses was ordered by the Governor.