Weller, Stuart Lindsay
|Place made||Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province|
|Date made||c February - March 1968|
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Collection related to 2784336 Signalman Stuart Lindsay Weller, 104 Signal Squadron, and his service in Vietnam between 1967 and 1968.
Portrait of 5714255 Signalman Alan Munro Booker, 104 Signal Squadron, seated near his bed pit on an operation (probably Operation Coburg). One of 477 colour 35mm transparencies taken or collected by 2784336 Signalman (Sig) Stuart Lindsay Weller, 104 Signal Squadron, relating to his service in Vietnam between 1967 and 1968. Sig Weller notes: "In Nui Dat all the tents and buildings were sandbagged to at least a metre in height to protect the occupants in the case of a mortar attack. On an operation, however, a wall that high could present a target for an enemy to mortar, so rather than build up a wall, a trench of about 30 cm deep was dug, and this provided a similar form of protection. To add just a little more height to the protection – so the blast from a mortar landing nearby would pass over the occupant in his pit – a wall of a sand bag or two (no higher as you didn’t want the enemy being able to actually see and target your bed pit) was added."