The Khmer Republic army battled communist forces on Wednesday (September 27) to hold a vital stretch of Highway Two, 20 miles (32 kilometres) south of the capital, Phnom Penh.
GV Khmer armoured carriers outside besieged town of Banteay Trau PAN TO entrance pillar over road into town
SV Soldiers off carrier
SV & CU Mortars fired (3 shots)
SV Troops under cover
GV Carriers across field
SV Soldiers firing rifles & grenade-guns
GV Carriers firing cannons (4 shots)
SV Soldiers runs for cover under communist fire
GV Carriers pull back PAN TO another in field
GV Troops help wounded (2 shots)
GV & SV Wounded back at base camp (2 shots)
GV Carrier into base camp
SV Wounded into carriers & away (3 shots)
Initials SGM/0228 SGM/0245
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Background: The Khmer Republic army battled communist forces on Wednesday (September 27) to hold a vital stretch of Highway Two, 20 miles (32 kilometres) south of the capital, Phnom Penh. The route controls the important rice-growing paddies in the area, and the battle to control it has lasted four weeks. The Khmer Government was reported to be growing 'desperately short' of rice, according to reports from Visnews journalist Neil Davis, who was with the Government troops in the front line of one battle. This was a successful attempt to supply ammunition to the besieged garrison town of Banteay Trau. A spearhead of armoured personnel carriers and troops ran through heavy communist mortar, rocket and automatic rifle-fire to deliver shells to the tiny post. The operation was almost totally successful, and the garrison provided covering fire as the relief troops withdrew again.
Casualties were light, with only a few soldiers reported dead or wounded.
SYNOPSIS: Khmer Republic troops fought a successful relief action on Highway Two on Wednesday when they ran through heavy communist fire to the besieged garrison of Banteay Trau, to deliver badly-needed ammunition supplies. The area, south of the capital of Phnom Penh, had been the scene of fierce fighting for four weeks, as Khmer troops tried to re-open routes to its rich rice-paddies. The Khmer government is reported to be 'desperately short' of rice.
The attempt to supply Banteay Trau with fresh ammunition was successful, and the tiny garrison provided covering fire as the relief column pulled back -- once again under heavy communist fire. Casualties were light, and only one armoured carrier was damaged.
The following day more armoured carriers arrived through communist fire to take the few dead and wounded from base camp to behind the battle lines. The remaining troops prepared to relieve another garrison town in the continuing battle for control of the area.