Major Shane Miller, 17th Construction Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers (RAE), attached to United Nations Transition Assitance Group (UNTAG), interviewed by Darlene Cox about his service in Namibia 1989

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Accession Number S01633
Collection type Sound
Measurement 42 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description 1/4 inch sound tape reel; BASF SM 468; 7 1/2 ips/19 cm.s; stereo; 10 inch NAB
Maker Miller, Shane
Cox, Darlene
Australian War Memorial
Brassell, Bill
Date made 6 May 1994
Access Open
Conflict Period 1990-1999
Period 1980-1989
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Description

Role of and description of 17th Construction Squadron; role in Namibia; advance party arrived in March 1989; taking over South African Defence Force base; collapse of ceasefire in April 1989; types of construction carried out; refugees; conditions in refugee camp; relationship with locals; living conditions for Australians; ingenuity of non-commissioned officers (NCO's) and soldiers; success of operation; importance of taking apolitical stance; relationship with South African Defence Force; vehicles, equipment and stores; United Nations (UN) vehicles supplied by Japanese government; South African vehicles purchased by UN; procedures for acquiring stores; shortages and delays of supplies; recreation; comraderie; language difficulties between different UN forces nationalities. END OF INTERVIEW