Latest reports indicate that Highway One -- the main supply route between Saigon and Phnom Penh, the capital of the Khmer Republic -- has been e-opened.
CU & GV Troops watching explosion in distance PAN TO explosion.
GV Smoke rising from explosion.
SV Helicopter landing in field, PAN TO soldiers walking along road.
SV's and MV's soldiers fusing rockets and loading into armoured personnel carriers. (4 shots.)
BV Troops along Highway One.
MCU Soldier carrying automatic weapon.
CU Refuges carrying old woman on his back.
SV's and MV's Refugees helped onto trucks by troops. (4 shots)
MCU Refugees along road, PAN TO lorry.
SV Refugees along road.
Initials VS/21.06 VS.21.28
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Background: Latest reports indicate that Highway One -- the main supply route between Saigon and Phnom Penh, the capital of the Khmer Republic -- has been e-opened.
Troops from the two countries linked on the road after what has been described as only light Communist resistance.
Communist forces have been pushing deep into the eastern provinces of the Khmer Republic for nearly six weeks, driving battle-weary Khmer troops from ricefield to ricefield. And there have been frequent Communist ambushes and attacks on small villages along Highway One, which runs along the Making River -- another main supply route for war materials from South Vietnam.
As military activity continued, refugees streamed towards Saigon - most of them on foot.
Emergency camps have been set up along routes to provide the refugees with water and small amounts of food. Many ricefields have been destroyed in battles along the highway, which has seen some of the most bitter fighting of the Indo-China conflict.
SYNOPSIS: In south Vietnam and the Khmer Republic, fighting continues along Highway One. Communist forces pushing into the eastern provinces of the republic cut he vital supply route earlier this week.
Thousands of reinforcements were airlifted into the area. Now, the latest despatches indicate that South Vietnamese and Khmer troops have linked to regain control of the road. The Highway runs between Saigon and Phnom Penh, the Khmer capital -- and along the Mekong River, another supply route that has fallen ???artly into Communist hands. South Vietnamese soldiers load rockets into armoured personnel carriers.
Some of the bitterest fighting of the Indo-China conflict has been waged in the Khmer republic, with both government and communist troops said to have suffered heavy losses.
As the Communist pressure increased, more and more refugees streamed down the highway towards Saigon and the relative safety of the South Vietnamese interior. But unlike the refugees in the northern zone, most of these people travel on foot. Some manage to get rides on army trucks going back for more supplies. Others are taken to emergency camps where they can get water and food. But the rations are small......and ??? is acarce -- for many of the ricefields have been destroyed in the fighting. And so far, nobody knows how the areas will cope with the growing refuges problem.....