In Phnom Penh on Sunday (25 July), the government of the Khmer Republic celebrated their self-proclaimed victory in Operation Reahou.
SV Matak arrives and walks past guard of honour.
SV Cameramen watch as Matak shakes hands with commanders of operation "Reahou".
SV Matak looks at captured weapons (3 shots)
GV People around Wat Phnom hillside garden.
GV Crowd listening to army "pop" musicians.
SV and CU musicians (3 shots)
SCU Matak listening to musicians (2 shots)
SV and GV Crowd
LV and TRAVEL SHOTS armoured personnel carriers parade past reviewing stand. (5 shots)
SV and CU wounded soldier outside military hospital waving crutches as soldiers pass in army lorries (3 shots)
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Background: In Phnom Penh on Sunday (25 July), the government of the Khmer Republic celebrated their self-proclaimed victory in Operation Reahou. Executive Prime Minister Lieutenant-General Sisowath Sirik Matak attended the activities, which included 2 military march-past and army bands.
Operation Reahou is the name given to the recent and continuing fighting along the east bank of the Mekong River -- near Phnom Penh. The fighting, in the area known as Vihear Sour, has been the heaviest in the republic this year. The Khmer troops have held their positions so far this year, whereas last year the enemy needed less than 10 days to drive the Khmer troops from the Vihear Sour marshes area.
SYNOPSIS: In Phnom Penh on Sunday, the Executive prime Minister of the Khmer Republic, Lieutenant-General Sisowath Sirik Matak, attended a celebration marking a self-proclaimed victory by Khmer troops in Operation Reahou. After reviewing the guard of honour, the Prime Minister congratulated the commanders of the operation.
A large display of captured weapons, taken in the fighting, drew a number of spectators, including the Prime Minister.
People gathered on a hillside garden, in order to view the proceedings. The celebration was to include a military march-past, but first the large crowd was treated to a music concert -- provided by a popular army band.
Prime Minister Sirik Matak has been pleased with the success of his troops in Operation Reahou the name given to the recent and continuing fighting by Khmer troops in the area of the Vihear Sour marshes.
Located on the east bank of the Mekong River, the area is within twenty miles of the capital Phnom Penh. Although a clear-cut victory has not been gained, the Khmer troops have managed to hold their positions, in some of the heaviest fighting in the country this year. Last year, just before the wet season, the enemy took less than ten days to drive the Khmer troops from the Vihear Sour area.