In Kampuchea, guerrilla forces of Pol Pot's ousted Khmer Rouge regime claimed to be preparing for a major wet season offensive against the occupying Vietnamese troops.
GVs Elephants walking along jungle path. (2 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM INTO SV Khmer Rouge troops on bridge and on patrol. (3 SHOTS)
SV ZOOM INTO SCU Khieu Samphan Khmer Rouge leader talking to aides.
CU Flag TILT DOWN TO Troops on parade.
SVs Khmer Rouge standing guard in village. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: In Kampuchea, guerrilla forces of Pol Pot's ousted Khmer Rouge regime claimed to be preparing for a major wet season offensive against the occupying Vietnamese troops. Khmer Rouge leaders said they hoped to regain ground lost to the Vietnamese during last month's dry season attacks in the Thai-Kampuchean border region. In the coming offensive the Khmer Rouge are planning to use a very old form of transport - elephants. During monsoon rains the movements of tanks, trucks and artillery is severely restricted. Elephants become a major source of transport of arms and supplies over long distances. Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan was optimistic about the planned offensive. The announcement of the offensive came shortly after a pullback of some 1,500 Vietnamese troops from Kampuchea in April. Vietnam invaded Kampuchea in 1978, helping to overthrow the Pol Pot regime and has now an estimated 100,000 troops in Kampuchea. Since then the Chinese-backed Khmer Rouge have been conducting a guerrilla war from their Thai border strongholds against the Vietnamese troops.