The Pow's were captured when they were on a reconnaissance job at 0315 hours in a night ambush set by the Khmer.
North Vietnamese Army (NVA) pow's standing together outside building - soldiers, plus some women and kids are nearby. pow's are handouffed - note their NVA helmets, "Ho Chi Minh" sandals. several shots.
POW'S taken inside.
same pow's being brought before commander of area - including all of embattled Svay Rieng Province (Parrot's Beak) - Brigadier/General SREY MEAS (pronounced sray mee-ass).
Srey Meas questioning Pow's - he speaks Vietnamese. pow shown in CU is the lieutenant. (several shots).
frontline area - soldiers not appearing particularly concerned - pan to see battalion commander Major CHROEUNG DARY (Pron. ch-rorng dah-ree) studying map (he is left) with his 2-i-c.
boy soldier walks up bank to join comrades - he is 13 years old, and tiny. boy soldier passes the major and other soldiers.
couple of shots showing Chroeung Day with boy just beyond him. Stretching away in background is deserted Highway 1. Kompong Trabek - captured over one week ago by the NVA - is 5 miles away. Nearest NVA position is about 1k.m. pow's were captured along this stretch in night ambush.
Battalion insignia - skull and crossbones - one uniform, tilt up to CU of Major Chroeung Dary.
SOUND: interrogation (echo-y)
pow's outside - bad, much extraneous noise
frontline position (mostly battalion commander talking)
SCRIPTING: 2 NVA soldiers captured in the early hours of today (April 27) have disclosed the presence of a new NVA division operation in the Indo-China
Camera giving trouble, maybe running slow (speeding up action).
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Background: The Pow's were captured when they were on a reconnaissance job at 0315 hours in a night ambush set by the Khmer. Identity cards, they carried (and questioning) disclosed they were from the NVA 330 Division (D3 battalion).
One of those captured was a lieutenant, the other a private. They were questioned personally at Neak Luong (pron. neek loong) - Mekong River ferry crossing town - by commanding-general of the embattled Svey Rieng (inc. Parrot's Beak) area - Frig/Gen.Srey Meas. Srey Meas speaks Vietnamese. Lieutenants name was Nguyen Van Cho.
Pow's said they thought the intention was to capture the vital town of Neak Luong - thus out off Phnom-Penh completely by land and water. Meanwhile, the Khmer frontline position is only 6 miles away down Highway 1 - and facing the NVA position less than 1k.m. away. The Khmers were form a famed "devil-may-cars" battalion - the 29th Commandos (23rd Infantry Brigade) -led by a young vietnam, Major Chroueng Dary. His troops (and he least of all) didn't appear worried that they when facing an estimated 4 NVA battalions, and that they stood between the NVA and their objective.