Interview with Bob Greenwood (Frontline out takes)

Place Asia: Vietnam, Pleiku Province, Plei Ku
Accession Number F10545
Collection type Film
Measurement 13 min 4 sec
Object type Interview
Physical description 16mm/colour (Eastman)/sound
Maker Greenwood, Robert (Bob)
Bradbury, David
Date made 23 February 1978
Access Open
Conflict Period 1970-1979
Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Bob Greenwood as a cameraman for the American National Broadcasting Company Inc (NBC) describes differences between reporting the Vietnam war for American and Australian networks; accompanying a United States patrol in the highlands near Plei Ku and being ambushed; deciding not to renew his employment contract; his soundman, Hans Peschke dragging him into dangerous situations [the sound synchronization system used at that time required the film camera and sound recorder to be connected by a cable]; reasons for working in a war zone; requirement for impartial reporting; not until the end of the war was it apparent that we were losing badly; never sitting in the front seat of military vehicle after seeing bullet holes; comparison of Australian and US soldiers; the brave reputation of Australian airmen; RAAF Caribou transports supplied the besieged outpost of Plei Me because the Americans refused to.

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