During the battle of Kapyong, on the morning of 24 April 1951, B Company, 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, was tasked with retaking a position on a hill overlooking a key road. Corporal Donald Davie led his section in an attack on Chinese trenches. After fierce close-quarters fighting, the men managed to clear the trench of Chinese forces. Davie followed up with a successful attack on a Chinese position firing down on the recently captured trench.
When the attack was over, 81 Chinese bodies were counted in the captured trenches. Searching the bodies for any intelligence, the Australians were intrigued by the unusual assortment of equipment being used by the Chinese. Davie collected these American-made M13A1 binoculars and brought them home to Australia.
Davie was awarded the Military Medal for his bravery and leadership at Kapyong. He had seen service during the Second World War and the occupation of Japan, and would see further active service during the Malayan Emergency.