During Operation Hammer, troops of 6 Platoon, B Company, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian ...

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Place Asia: Vietnam, Phuoc Tuy Province, Nui Dat
Accession Number BEL/69/0382/VN
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white
Maker Bellis, Christopher John
Place made Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province, Binh Ba
Date made 7 June 1969
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Description

During Operation Hammer, troops of 6 Platoon, B Company, 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR), commanded by Major Murray Blake, supported by Centurion tanks of No 4 Troop, B Squadron, 1st Armoured Regiment (1AR) RAAC, sweep towards the edge of a rubber plantation at Duc Trung, five miles north of the 1st Australian task force (1ATF) base at Nui Dat. The Australians inflicted heavy casualties on a strong force of North Vietnamese army (NVA) soldiers. Identified from the APC are: Private (Pte) Ray Frauenfelder ( with radio ); Pte Peter Wardrope; Corporal (Cpl) Peter Pezet, Section Commander; 2nd Lieutenant Bob Hutchison, Platoon Commander; Pte Greg Spike Dwiar; Pte Bill (Boong) Errington; two unidentified; Pte Doug Mackellar; Pte Mick Cox; unidentified.