Phnompenh government troops on Tuesday (January 7th) pushed their way finally through an insurgent seige to relieve the besiege seventh infantry division headquarters 16 miles (24 kms) north of the Khmer capital.
MS mortar firing at insurgent positions
GV government relief column troops across field
MV wounded helped back to main lines
MS PCA's move towards divisional HQ (3 shots)
MS pan armour in ??? (2 shots)
GV pan wreckage of HQ
MS HQ artillery
HS pan scattered shell casings
MS wrecked truck
MS HQ troops and families in bunker
MS pan families in bunker to field
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Background: Phnompenh government troops on Tuesday (January 7th) pushed their way finally through an insurgent seige to relieve the besiege seventh infantry division headquarters 16 miles (24 kms) north of the Khmer capital.
During the week-long seige it's believed that twenty soldiers and sixty dependents died in the camp.
When the relief column of troops and armoured personnel carriers reached the camp, they found it almost totally wrecked. All quarters for the soldiers and their families were destroyed by day and night insurgent shelling.
There were few shouts of joy from the relieved khmers. Most appeared dazed ..... some suffering shock. The survivors had all taken shelter during the week in shallow bunkers which provided little protection.
In the bitter campaign to relieve the divisional headquarters. It's believed 300 insurgents were killed in the final thrust.
An officer who survived the seige gave the estimate of 80 dead - and many wounded.
The survivors said wives had joined their soldier-husbands in a pitched hand-to-hand skirmish which followed an insurgent break through the camp's perimeter barbed-wire fence.
As the survivors were evacuated, the sound of battles could be heard less than a mile away where government troops were trying to relieve another encircled position.