Vietnam village search DPR/TV/541

Accession Number F10127
Collection type Film
Measurement 2 min
Object type Actuality footage, Television news footage
Physical description 16mm/b&w/silent
Date made January 1967
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

After an all-night march through deep jungle, troops of 5 Battalion RAR moved into position shortly after dawn to surround the village of Binh Ba. Vietnamese National Police and Government Officials moved the villagers into a special compound for questioning. Children were separated from adults and were given free soft drinks and sweets. While some of the troops entertained the children, others searched the village from house to house to ensure that no occupants evaded interrogators. As villagers were cleared by security they returned to the village where Australian troops gave them gifts of food and clothing. As a result of this operation, nine Viet Cong were identified and several suspects were detained for questioning. Identified personnel: Lieutenant Roger Wainwright of Woodville, SA, Corporal Russell Quinn of Villawood, Lance Corporal David Bryan of Bullen, VIC and Cameraman Sergeant M Coleridge.

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