This film has reached Visnews, via Hong-Kong, from three different theatres of war in South East Asia.
SV helicopters taking off at Quang Tri
GV USA recce plane landing
LV PAN B-52 taxiing
SV Cambodian troops boarding truck near Kompong Cham
Travel shot along Highway Seven (buses, army vehicles).
travel shot through devastated area of Prey Totung (2 shots)
travel shot through checkpoint, troops & refugees
Kompong Kautout: Cambodian colours in banner over group
CU officer addressing defectors
LV defectors, weapons stacked in front of a line-up
CU defectors (2 shots)
SV small boy with defectors
CU hand grenades standing on table
SV defector handing over automatic rifle
CU defector being enlisted into the Cambodian Army.
Initials PS/1707 PS/1739
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Background: This film has reached Visnews, via Hong-Kong, from three different theatres of war in South East Asia.
In the northern part of South Vietnam, South Vietnamese and American forces, believed to number 30,000, are deploying along the frontier with Laos only a few miles from the Ho-Chi-Minh Trail, the Viet Cong's supply route from North Vietnam to southern Indochina.
In the Mekong River are of eastern Cambodia, combined Cambodian and South Vietnamese forces, said to number 19,000, are trying to reestablish control over the towns and villages from Kompong Cham to Prey Totung.
And in south western Cambodia 322 Cambodian Communists and their families are reported to have defected to the Cambodian Government side.
SYNOPSIS: Cobra gun-ships are the principal weapons of the American and South Vietnamese forces deploying at Quang Tri in the northern part of South Vietnam. With their reconnaissance and transport aircraft, they are thought to be preparing to cut the Ho-Chi-Minh trail which runs through southern Laos to Cambodia and South Vietnam.
In Eastern Cambodia, Cambodian and South Vietnamese troops are trying to re-established control and law and order along Highway Seven from Kompong Cham to Prey Totung. Prey Totung was badly damaged in a North Vietnamese attack before Christmas and most of the people have fled. Refugees are still heading towards Phnom Penh.
At Compong Kautout in south western if the Cambodia, 322 red Khmers, units, are reported to have defected to the Government side. In a ceremony in the open air, the defectors were welcomed by an officer of the Cambodian Army and then enrolled in the army.
The Communist brought with them hand grenade and other weapons as well as the automatic rifles with which they had been issued by the communist forces. A spokesman for the Cambodian Army said that the men had originally been forcible conscripted into Communist fighting units, including North Vietnamese Army units, operating in south western Cambodia.