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.
GV Firing across Bassac river
MV New launcher being loaded
GV Troops look across river
MV Man carries launcher on shoulder
GV Smoke across river
MV Launcher fired from shoulder
GV ACROSS River, smoke rises from shell
MV Same soldier fires again
LV ZOOM TO GV Flames across river
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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.