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ID number F04514
Title Chief of General Staff Brogan visit to 1 ATF DPR/TV/1427
Collection Film
Object types
  • Actuality footage;
  • Television news footage;
Places made
  • Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province, Dat Do;
  • Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province, Phuoc Le;
Date made July 1971
Physical description 16mm/b&w/silent
Measurement 10 min 42 sec
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Australia's top soldier, the Chief of the General Staff, 231 Lieutenant-General Mervyn Francis Brogan, has been visiting troops on operational service in Vietnam. All was in readiness for his visit to fire support base "Maureen", where 1202941 Private Michael Raymond (Mick) Harding of Oxley, Brisbane, Qld, and Signalman Peter Duggan of Kalgoorlie, WA, prepared for the visit. Lieutenant-General Brogan was met on arrival by Captain Neil Graham of Townsville, Qld. During an inspection of the guns at "Maureen" he spoke with several soldiers including Gunner Paul Antsberg of Flinders Park, SA, 313350 Private Ernest Ashley (Ernie) Frantz of Shepparton, Vic and Private John Woolings of Port August, SA. Private Harding and Corporal Neil Holding, together with other men of "Maureen", explained fully their combat role to Lieutenant-General Brogan. "Maureen" provided overhead fire power for troops of 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, and Vietnamese forces operating in the area. In keeping with his stated intention of meeting Vietnamese and other allied leaders as often as possible during his tour, Lieutenant-General Brogan spent some time with the Phuoc Tuy Province Chief discussing the present tactical situation in the area. The subject of Australian civil affairs in Phuoc Tuy Province was discussed between Lieutenant-General Brogan and Province agricultural chief. Lieutenant-General Brogan inspected a pig farm during his tour, noting that vast improvements had been made in animal husbandry field.

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