National servicemen 12 months later in 6 RAR ex operation Enogerra DPR/TV/415

Accession Number F03798
Collection type Film
Measurement 7 min 43 sec
Object type Actuality footage, Television news footage
Physical description 16mm/b&w/silent
Maker Cunneen, William James
Place made Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province
Date made 4 July 1966
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

The date is the first of June 1966, and National Servicemen posted to fight with the Sixth Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, and other units of the First Australian Task Force in Vietnam are beginning their second - and - final year as soldiers. Mum wouldn't know the 20 year olds who marched into camp to what was a strange new life a year ago. Now they're tough young men , all turned 21 and they're getting to grips with the Viet Cong in the first Sixth Battalion operation against the Communist guerillas in Phuoc Tuy Province, code named Operation Enoggera after the Battalion's home base in suburban Brisbane. Trooper Geoff Newman, of Balwyh, Victoria, was a clerk exactly one year ago, but now he's driving a 10-ton armoured personnel carrier for the first APC Squadron. He's met the Viet Cong at their most violent, too. The day before this film was shot, the carrier he was driving struck a Viet Cong landmine and had the tracks blown off one side of it. But no one was injured, and Trooper Newman was soon driving another vehicle against the enemy. Private Rodney Bowe, of Mackay, Queensland has had a complete change of jobs since he marched into camp exactly one year ago. He was a butcher in civvy life, but now spends his time in the Sixth Battalion laying telephone cables and keeping the command signals net operating in action against the Communists. Here he runs wires to link Private Peter Weymouth, of Greenslopes, Brisbane, a civvy bank clerk, with an outlying element of the Battalion. One year of Army life has transformed Private Peter Madden, of Darra, Brisbane, from a civilian welder to a competent sretcher bearer. He is responsible for assisting the wounded during Viet Cong contacts with the Sixth Battalion, and packs his medical bag in preparation. Private Dale Misfeld, a former Toowoomba, Queensland, bank clerk, has become one of the team with regular soldiers Private Gordon Mears, of Rockhampton Queensland, and Private Jim Gordon, of Ferntree Gully, Victoria, in the Sixth Battalion mortar platoon. Privater Misfeld does the sighting as his two team-mates load bombs into their weapon to harass the Communists during Operation Enoggera. Exactly one year ago, Private Kevin Denver, of Maitland, NSW, was a steel inspector when he entered the Army for his two-year period of service. Today he is an expert with the Army's M60 machine gun, and follows regulars Sergeant Lance Larcombe, of Stafford Brisbane, and Private Tony Henshaw, of Salisbury North, South Australia on patrol through a South Vietnam banana plantation.

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