A brief lull in the Cambodian fighting during heavy monsoon rains ended last week with new North Vietnamese thrusts towards the capital, Phnom Penh.
GV & SV Wounded carried off patrol boat to waiting ambulance
GV Pan troops stocking up patrol boat
SV Gun loaded onto boat
SV Pan troops boarding boat
LV Patrol boat along river
LV Another patrol boat
SV Radio operator
SV & GV Patrol boats on river (3 shots)
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Background: A brief lull in the Cambodian fighting during heavy monsoon rains ended last week with new North Vietnamese thrusts towards the capital, Phnom Penh. To meet the threat, Cambodian forces stepped up river patrols along the swollen Mekong River.
The patrols coincided with a large-scale sweep by army units north of the capital's defensive ring, which came under a concerted Viet Cong attack on Thursday (August 20).
The Cambodians claimed that at least 500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese had died in the assault, launched by an estimated three battalions. It was followed by an isolated mortar strike against an outpost on the east bank of the Mekong -- less than a mile from the centre of Phnom Penh.
The Cambodians are currently relying heavily on river patrols to protect the west bank of the threatened city.