North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops on Thursday (18 June) mined Route One, the road between Saigon and Phnom Penh, as part of a series of attacks apparently aimed at cutting the Cambodian capital's land links with the outside world.
GV TRAVEL SHOT.. fields along Route One
SV 46 kms (30 miles) milestone
GV Traffic towards camera
GV Sabotaged telephone lines - PAN to troops leaving road
SV Cambodian troops out of bus and walks down road (3 shots)
SV Officer points as mortar rounds come in
GV & SV Cambodians set up down mortar (4 shots)
SV Mortar fired twice (2 shots)
SV & GVs troops dig road firm mines (3 shots)
LV Patrol in fields
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Background: North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops on Thursday (18 June) mined Route One, the road between Saigon and Phnom Penh, as part of a series of attacks apparently aimed at cutting the Cambodian capital's land links with the outside world.
Anti-Government troops had cut telephone-lines along a section of the highway, about 30 miles (48 kms) of Phnom Penh, during the night and placed mines on the road. When attempts were made to clear the vital route into South Vietnam, Communist forces opened up with mortar fire. Cambodian Government soldiers returned the fire and cleaned the highway of mines -- all but two of which were found to be dummies. Tar route had not previously been affected by the Communist offensive, but remains insecure at night.
Meanwhile bitter fighting took place in the provincial centre of Kompong Thom and fear of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong attacks against Phnom Penh mounted in the capital.