• Short Summary

    About 14 air miles (22 kms) south of Phnom Penh, capital of the Khmer Republic, Government forces have been using a 66mm quad rocket launcher for the first time against Communist positions across the Bassac River.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Firing across Bassac river
    0.08

    2.
    MV New launcher being loaded
    0.21

    3.
    GV Troops look across river
    0.26

    4.
    MV Man carries launcher on shoulder
    0.29

    5.
    GV Smoke across river
    0.32

    6.
    MV Launcher fired from shoulder
    0.42

    7.
    GV ACROSS River, smoke rises from shell
    0.48

    8.
    MV Same soldier fires again
    0.53

    9.
    LV ZOOM TO GV Flames across river
    1.00



    Initials BB/0237 RS/DW/BB/0201



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: About 14 air miles (22 kms) south of Phnom Penh, capital of the Khmer Republic, Government forces have been using a 66mm quad rocket launcher for the first time against Communist positions across the Bassac River. On Wednesday (May 2) they fired it across the river at the heavily fortified positions. The rockets can be fired singly (as shown in this film) or all four at once.

    The Communists have been firmly entrenched in the area for three weeks. It is the closest continuous occupation to the capital. Opposition forces are said to be largely Vietnamese Communists. This is now an unusual occurrence. Intelligence reports indicate there may be as many as 4,000 Communist troops in the area.

    A Government counter attack is expected in the area and heavy fighting is thought inevitable. And the Government forces will be using the new rocket launcher.

    Bitter fighting continues on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Communist battalions remain in position about three miles (five kms) east of the city on the far side of the Mekong River and seven miles (II kms) beyond the airport to the west.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7921TOM2MIGUT21QWJ7598FS2
    Media URN:
    VLVA7921TOM2MIGUT21QWJ7598FS2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/05/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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