Communist pressure on Phnom-Penh, capital of the Khmer Republic, is increasing steadily, with a particular surge of fighting in the south.
GV & SV Reconnaissance units along highway (3 shots)
SV Radio operator and officers in temporary command post
SV Troops firing mortars as others advance (4 shots)
Soldier and very young lad past camera
SV Radio operator reports booby trap on road
SV & CU Command post radio operator relays orders
SV PAN Troops inspect booby-trapped roadblock
CU Grenade with pin out hidden in roadblock
GV Troops return
GV Refugees and troops on highway
Initials BB/1820 RW/BOB/BB/1830
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Background: Communist pressure on Phnom-Penh, capital of the Khmer Republic, is increasing steadily, with a particular surge of fighting in the south.
A Visnews cameraman accompanied government troops entering communist-held country in a bid to clear a highway to release peasant farmers trapped further south.
The troops come across a road block, and spot a booby trap. Meanwhile, a group of refugees has been spotted by another unit, and they are escorted to government territory.
SYNOPSIS: A reconnaissance unit moves along a highway in the Khmer Republic. It's only a few miles south of the capital, Phnom-Penh, but it's deep in communist-controlled country.
Back in a temporary command post, officers order a barrage of covering mortar fire.
The operation is intended to clear the highway to allow some peasant farmers trapped further down the road to return to government territory.
The advancing troops are on the look-out for booby traps--and it's not long before they're radioing back to the command post that they've found one.
The booby trap is in a road-block. It's a grenade with the pin out -- and it'll got off if anyone dislodges a stone.
The troops turn back, after hearing that another unit has located the refugees they were trying to reach. They're in a cheerful mood -- they've all got back safely and their objective has been achieved.