On Friday ( September 11 ), delaying tactics by the Vietcong were slowing down a Cambodian Government task force trying to reach the Provincial capital of Compong Thom - until two days ago siege by Communist forces.
GV & SV troops through paddy fields (4 shots)
ground to air shot of aircraft
GV & SV soldiers with mine-detecting equipment on road-block
SV & GV soldiers working on destroyed bridge ( 3 shots )
SV troops around tank
MV & GV troops across temporary bridge
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Background: On Friday ( September 11 ), delaying tactics by the Vietcong were slowing down a Cambodian Government task force trying to reach the Provincial capital of Compong Thom - until two days ago siege by Communist forces.
The task force, still about 35 miles (56 KMS) from the town was making slow progress because of the number of destroyed bridges and obstacles left along Cambodian Route 6 by the Viet Cong.
The three-months Communist siege of Compong Thom was broken on Wednesday ( 9 September ) by the arrival of a flotilla carrying more than a regiment of men and supplies to the provincial capital on the stung Sen river. The siege was broken virtually without opposition.
The Cambodian military spokesman Major Am Rong said on Friday that the Cambodian High Command did not believe there were any major Communist units lying between the task forces and Kompong Thom. He said his multi-battalion force had been forced to stay on the narrow asphalt road leading to the town, 87 miles ( 140 KMS ) north of Phnom Penh, because on monsoon flooding in the surrounding countryside. Major Am Rong also said that the possibility that the Communists were laying a trap by offering little resistance around Kompong Thom had been taken into account by the Cambodian High Command.
He estimated that prior to the launching of the current offensive - the first big Cambodian drive of the war - the number of Communist troops in Kompong Thom Province, which is the major infiltration route from Laos, was estimated at 'a few thousand'.