|(The Vietnamese Tanks rolled into Cambodia in 1979)|
However, the people in our village were so bewildered even if they had known that Pol Pot regime was overthrown by the Vietnamese, the local Khmer Rouge administrators still ruled our village and the nearby areas as usual. Every day people just went to work on their fields and ate lunch and dinner as normal. But, on January 13, we felt the reality of the regime changed when we saw a column of Vietnamese tanks and trucks slowly driven on highway 5 from Battambang toward Phnom Penh with their victory red flags on the top. Then they briefly stopped in our village searching for the Khmer Rouge troops and their locations, but no one knew where they were. After that the Vietnamese convoys continued their way to Phnom Penh precariously. Indeed, on their way to Phnom Penh, the Vietnamese elite troop columns were disrupted by land mines and severely beaten down by the regrouped Khmer Rouge special forces. Later we frequently saw the wreckage of the Vietnamese trucks and tanks along the highway 5 from Battambang to Phnom Penh.