April 12, 1975: The headline: “Last Americans Leave Cambodia: Embassy Closed.” Several photographs circled a text: “As the city of Phnom Penh fell: Early on April 17, five years of war in Cambodia ended as rebel troops entered a capital where white flags had suddenly appeared, some Government soldiers had unloaded their weapons, while some had changed to civilian clothes. The black pajama-like garb of Indochinese Communists had been donned by some of the Government office workers. At first
The Rise and Fall of the Khmer Rouge - Photo Essays
Rise and Fall of Khmer Rouge. Losing Control A Cambodian soldier holds a .45 to the head of a Khmer Rouge suspect in 1973. When Sihanouk was forced out of power in a coup, the new Prime Minister, General Lon Nol, sent the army to fight the North Vietnamese and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Fighting two enemies proved to be too much for Cambodia's army. As Civil War raged from 1970 to 1975, the army gradually lost territory as Khmer Rouge increased its control in the countryside.