Operation Ainslie DPR/TV/692

Unit 1 Field Squadron
Accession Number F04183
Collection type Film
Measurement 3 min 25 sec
Object type Actuality footage, Television news footage
Physical description 16mm/Colour/silent
Maker Coleridge, Michael
Place made Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province
Date made September 1967
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Sgt Mike Colderidge's colour coverage of Operation Ainslie. To deny the Viet Cong supplies, Vietnamese families were resettled to the new village of Ap Suoi Nghe. Sgt Colderidge personally purchased the Kodachrome stock to film in colour. Shows local villagers loading sheet tin onto a truck. A house being pulled down by sappers from 1 Field Squadron (Fld Sqn) RAE with the assistance of the owner and his labourers. Sergeant Brett Nolan supervises the project. A straw house is being set on fire by the Engineers. Corporal Henry Cooling of Townsville Qld, is lighting the house. The house burns and partially caves in. Local Vietnamese and soldiers from 1 Fld Sqn lower rafters as they pull down another house. The rafter is then loaded on a truck. Refugees move south along Route 2 as houses smoulder in the background. ARVN soldiers stand on the side of the road. Some refugees squat on the roadside waiting for a distribution of food. More refugees move along the road towards the camera. Refugees disappearing into a cloud of smoke from the burning village. Two sappers from 1 Fid Sqn throw debris on burning house and then retreat. Troops move along the road together with the Armoured Personnel Carrier. Backview of troops moving along the road and smoke clouds in the background. Official TV story line is the same as AWM film F03916.

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