Deadly Communications: How Pol Pot Kept In Touch With His Khmer Rouge Killers.
Above Photo: Pol Pot’s communications unit. It used to be attached to a truck which has now disappeared.
On my most recent trip into the jungles of Laos and Cambodia, looking at Khmer Rouge sites relevant to my novel BACK, I visited the house of Khmer Rouge Brother Number 4 in Anlong Veng, Cambodia, (see link below). There, I also came across this battered mobile radio communications unit.
My guide told me this vehicle had been Pol Pot’s means of communication with his soldiers in the field, as they waged their internationally-supported war of terror across Cambodia after they had been deposed by the Vietnamese in 1979.
At that time the Khmer Rouge had relocated to Anlong Veng and the jungle and mountains of Oddar Meanchey Province along the border with Thailand. This was convenient for when senior Khmer Rouge commanders needed trips into Thailand for pleasure (some had homes in Thailand and regularly visited), or as a safe haven if Cambodian government troops got too close, or for meetings, safely looked after by the Thai Army and security services.
Chinese made, the communications truck had been comprehensively stripped of its fittings, and now lies forlornly in the grounds of Ta Mok’s house.
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