Show of firepower 7 Task Force DPR/TV/1488

Accession Number F04549
Collection type Film
Measurement 58 sec
Object type Actuality footage, Television news footage
Physical description 16mm/b&w/silent
Maker Maskill, D
Place made Australia: Queensland
Date made 18 March 1972
Access Open
Conflict Period 1970-1979
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Citizen Military Force and Regular Army units turned on a precision bombardment demonstration for 600 CMF troops now training in the Tin Can Bay area, east of Gympie in Queensland. The troops are members of the Queensland-based 7 Task Force. The gallery included a party of high school cadets from the Toowoomba and Warwick areas. Combat atmospheric conditions were created by the use of flame throwers and smoke bombs. Machine guns and heavier weapons mounted on tracked vehicles from the 2/14th Queensland Mounted Infantry, Royal Australian Armoured Corps, raked and pounded a series of targets on the main firing range. All targets, which included bunker systems and disused vehicle bodies were destroyed. The mortar platoon from the Eighth Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, also turned in a skilled display on varied types of objectives. The 14th Battery, of 5 Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, were the "heavies" of the demonstration. Using 25-pounders, they blasted a hillside sector with nearly 200 rounds. At the other end of the weaponry scale, the demonstration covered the use of small arms.

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