Six government troops were reported killed and twenty wounded on Thursday (28 June) in heavy fighting along Highway Two about ten miles (16 Kms) south of the capital Phnom Penh.
GROUND TO AIR & GV Aircraft overhead and explosions on ground (4 shots)
GV Tank advancing
GV Troops advancing and firing
SV & MV Troops take positions and firing (2 shots)
SV Tank firing
GV & SVs Troops firing and advancing (5 shots)
SV Wounded being carried and treated (4 shots)
SVs & MV Wounded put into ambulances (3 shots)
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Background: Six government troops were reported killed and twenty wounded on Thursday (28 June) in heavy fighting along Highway Two about ten miles (16 Kms) south of the capital Phnom Penh. The fighting was pat of a continuing engagement south of the capital in which hundreds of Communist troops were reported killed in fighting with Khmer Government troops.
In the battle near Dei Kraohom Bridge, Government troops were encircled by Communist forces who cut the highway. The Khmer forces were supported by air strikes. The United States bombing missions over the Khmer Republic are now in doubt. The U.S. Congress has voted to cut off funds for U.S. bombing in the Khmer Republic after August 15.
SYNOPSIS: Heavy fighting continued last week around the vital supply routes south of Phnom Penh, capital of the Khmer Republic. In this engagement, Khmer government troops were supported by air-strikes by F-One-Eleven bombers.
The battle at Dei Krahom Bridge in the Province of Kandal was for control of Highway Two.
In other battles just south of the capital, Khmer troops fought Communist forces along Highways Five and Six. In all cases, United States air support was a vital factor in the Government forces tactics. These air strikes could end soon. The U.S. Congress has voted to cut all funds for bombing in the Khmer Republic after August 15.
In this single engagement, twenty Government troops were wounded and six were reportedly left dead on the battlefield. However, the Phnom Penh military command reported that hundreds of Communist troops were killed in fighting in several areas last week. A military communique said the heavy Communist casualties were the result of air strikes and ground action.
In this battle, the Government troops were unable to prevent the cutting of Highway Two. They were encircled by Communist forces. Much of the recent fighting in the Khmer Republic has been aimed at controlling the supply routes to Phnom Penh which itself has remained relatively quiet.