At the close of a two-week search-and-destroy operation against Communist positions in the eastern part of the Khmer Republic, South Vietnamese troops exhibited their spoils on Monday (21 March).
GV Armoured patrol carrier across dusty terrain. (3 shots)
SV Troops carrying weapons to helicopter (4 shots)
CU TILT UP TO GV Weapons and ammunition laid out on ground (2 shots)
CU and GV ditto with rice bags (4 shots)
Initials VS/23.15 VS/23.27
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Background: At the close of a two-week search-and-destroy operation against Communist positions in the eastern part of the Khmer Republic, South Vietnamese troops exhibited their spoils on Monday (21 March). They included weapons and food from two of the biggest Communist supply dumps captured since American and South Vietnamese forces first drove into Cambodia two years ago.
The South Vietnamese claimed to have killed 743 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in the two weeks of fighting, and immediately launched another sweep which they said would continue until they were satisfied that they had broken a suspected Communist build-up threatening Saigon.
SYNOPSIS: South Vietnamese forces closed a two-week search-and-destroy operation inside the Khmer Republic on Monday (21 March) with the capture of two major Communist supply bases. Both were uncovered a few miles north-west of the Cambodian border town of Kampong Trach.
The two dumps yielded nearly three-hundred tons of rice, over two-thousand gallons (9,100 litres) of petrol and a thousand assorted rifles and pistols. But not without a fight. It took the South Vietnamese five hours to capture the second base. They killed ten communist troops against three of their own wounded. For the entire two-week offensive the Saigon command claimed 743 Communists killed for the loss of only eight South Vietnamese.
The captured weapons, including East German rifles and Soviet anti-aircraft guns, were described as the biggest haul since the Vietnam war was expanded into the Khmer Republic two years ago. Another sweep has since got under way to break a suspected North Vietnamese build-up threatening Saigon.