The Cambodian Army and their South Vietnamese Allies have regained control of the eastern end of Highway 7 which has been in the hands of the Communists and north Vietnamese intermittently since the fighting began in Cambodia.
GV The Mekong River at Tongle Bet
MV Cycle rickshaw drives away from river bank
GV River bank with boats
GV Street scene in Tongle Bet
SV Cambodian flag
GV Damaged buildings in Tongle Bet (2 shots)
GV Damaged building with Cambodian flag pan to LV of troops and red lorry in road.
MV and CU Troops in lorry (2 shots)
Travel shot along Highway Seven (narrow road)
MV Troops walk along road
SV Burnt out house pan to roadway with troops
MV and SV troops walking along Highway Seven
GV Pan troops along road, damaged bridge in background.
GV Pan troops outside damaged buildings (2 shots)
Initials DR.18.20 DR.18.49
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Background: The Cambodian Army and their South Vietnamese Allies have regained control of the eastern end of Highway 7 which has been in the hands of the Communists and north Vietnamese intermittently since the fighting began in Cambodia. The repeated outbreaks of fighting have meant that many people have fled from the region.
Highway 7 runs from Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, to Kompong Cham, the eastern regional capital on the Mekong. Towns along this road have been taken and re-taken by the North Vietnamese Army and the Red Khmers over the past ten months. The local people have nearly all fled. Communications between Kompong Cham and the capital are unreliable.
This film was shot by Lucien Coudoux who has been sending his film by any available carry to Phnom Penh or Saigon. He is still in the field.