With the Monsoon season over in Indo-China, mechanised units are being pitched back into the battles in Cambodia.
SV Armoured carriers across paddy fields
CU Water PAN UP TO moving armour
LV Smoke from bombing strikes on plantation
SV Armour halts and troops get off
SV Troops move through long grass
SV Wreckage in Khnar (3 shots)
SV Man chopping wood outside wrecked home
SV Troops give old man drink of water
SV Soldiers search house
SV Sihanouk picture among rubble (2 shots)
MV Old man surveys rubble of his house
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Background: With the Monsoon season over in Indo-China, mechanised units are being pitched back into the battles in Cambodia. This week, South Vietnamese forces operating in Cambodia advanced across paddy fields towards the provincial capital of Kompong Cham, North-East of Phnom Penh, which has been under pressure from pro-Sihanouk forces in recent weeks.
South Vietnamese aircraft bombed a large rubber plantation South-East of Kompong Cham where two North Vietnamese regiments were suspected to be hiding. The South Vietnamese were reported to be planning to enter the plantation -- the largest in Indo-China.
Troops from the South Vietnamese 18th Division entered the village of Khnar which had been devastated by aerial strikes and artillery bombardment.
Occupying forces found a portrait of deposed Prince Sihanouk in the ruins of one house. The village was almost totally destroyed and local residents seemed dazed by the violent arrival of the Indo-China war to Khnar.