Viet Cong black medical pouch : 2 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, Operation Coburg, Empty.

Accession Number REL/01565.004
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Synthetic
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1967 - 1968
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Black rectangular pouch made from waterproof synthetic with provision for a drawstring (missing).

History / Summary

Medical pouch captured by members of A Company, 2 Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) on 3 February 1968 during Operation Coburg. Operation Coburg was the defensive reaction to the impending Viet Cong Tet Offensive, where elements of the Australian Task Force moved from Phuoc Tuy to Bien Hoa Province to operate alongside American forces preparing to block any thrust against the vast complex of military installations around Bien Hoa city and adjoining Long Binh, located some 25 kilometres north-east of Saigon. The task force included the bulk of 2 RAR/NZ (ANZAC) and 7RAR, along with supporting armour, artillery and engineers. In the late afternoon of 3 February, some 12 Viet Cong were engaged by 3 Platoon, A Company, 2 RAR over the period of 60 minutes, resulting in three enemy deaths and two wounded, with one wounded captured. The prisoner revealed that he had been involved in the attack on Bien Hoa airbase. Besides the personal equipment (see REL/1565.001 to .006) six weapons were also captured.