At the important Cambodian ferry port of Prek Kdam, refugees lined up on December 26 to board the trucks, buses and cars which were waiting to take them 20 miles (32 Kms) south to Phnom Penh.
GV Cars, trucks and coaches line up at Prek Kdam ferry (5 shots)
GV Red Cross lorry loaded with supplies PAN TO other lorries and CU boxes of ammunition & weapons (2 shots)
GV People arriving at other side of river (2 shots)
GV & MV Vietnamese airborne artillery firing just outside Prey Totung (9 shots)
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Background: At the important Cambodian ferry port of Prek Kdam, refugees lined up on December 26 to board the trucks, buses and cars which were waiting to take them 20 miles (32 Kms) south to Phnom Penh. They had come from Prey Totung and other places in the area around Kompong Cham where South Vietnamese forces have been shelling Communist troops which are attempting to isolate the Mekong River port.
Twenty-eight miles (45 Kms) north of the ferry, a convoy of Red Cross and supply lorries were waiting for news from the fighting area only a short distance further North. The supplies are much needed in Kompong Cham, which has been cut off from Phnom Penh for nearly a month.
Much of the action has been taking place around Prey Totung, where the South Vietnamese 2nd Airborne Battalion was helilifted in on Christmas Day, joining the 7th Airborne who were already there. Both these battalions have been engaging Communist troops which hold the Mekong River town of Peam Chikang and are attempting to capture Kompong Cham. The Airborne artillery units commenced shelling the Communist Forces on Boxing Day--giving support to the two Battalions which are fighting for full control of this area which is the gateway to Cambodia's rich North-East districts.