Operation Blue Mountains DPR/TV/872

Accession Number F04213
Collection type Film
Measurement 4 min 36 sec
Object type Actuality footage, Television news footage
Physical description 16mm/b&w/silent
Maker Crothers, Richard William
Place made Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province, Long Hai Hills
Date made 12 July 1968
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Fifty-ton Centurion tanks, armoured personnel carriers and a company of infantry soldiers, moved into the Long Hai hills in the south-east of Phuoc Tuy Province, Vietnam, this week for the first time since the massive Operation Pinnaroo in March. During the first day of the operation, soldiers of all units were busy preparing defences at Fire Support Base Barracuda, from which they are now operating. High priority was the preparation of sheltered pits to provide protection from possible enemy mortar and rocket attacks. At dawn, on the second day, members of the armoured and infantry units combined for the laborious task of combing the pockets of jungle left after extensive land clearing operations by the Australians during Operation Pinnaroo. By day the men patrolled both by foot and in the armoured personnel carriers and supported by tanks. At night they set ambushes on possible enemy infiltration routes...but without making any contact. (Also identified: Sergeant Alan Jago, Bundaberg, Qld; Sergeant Andrew Zsolt of Seymour, Vic; Trooper Colin Claydon of Seymour, Vic)

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