As American forces withdraw from Cambodia this week, a strong South Vietnamese forces advanced to relieve Cambodian troops holding the largest munitions depot in the country at Long Vek, 24 miles (40 kms) north-east of Phnom Penh.
GV & SV South Vietnamese armoured personnel carriers on road to Long Vek (2 shots)
GV Troop carriers pass
LV Buildings at Long Vek
SV Sentry on guard outside building
SCU Cambodian troops examine captured weapons (2 shots)
SV Soldiers looking (2 shots)
SV & SCU Troops take up positions in bunkers (2 shots)
SV & GV Soldiers at attention at funeral pyre (2 shots)
CU Funeral pyre (3 shots)
SV Troops dug-in infront of pagoda
SV Clothing on monument
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Background: As American forces withdraw from Cambodia this week, a strong South Vietnamese forces advanced to relieve Cambodian troops holding the largest munitions depot in the country at Long Vek, 24 miles (40 kms) north-east of Phnom Penh.
For the Cambodians, who are reported to be critically short of munitions, the Long Vek camp has assumed a vital significance in their struggle against the Viet Cong.
After the camp had been under Communist attack for six days, armoured units and troops carriers of the South Vietnamese Ninth Division moved up to relieve the embattled Cambodians on Monday (June 29). They are among the 39,000 South Vietnamese in Cambodia, many of them deployed to the north of the threatened Cambodian capital.
As the South Vietnamese troops arrived, a respite in the conflict against the Viet Cong allowed the Cambodians to re-occupy a pagoda which had been won and lost twice in the earlier fighting. Three Cambodian soldiers killed in this sector were burned on a Buddhist funeral pyre alongside the pagoda.