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ID numberF04183
Collection typeFilm
TitleOperation Ainslie DPR/TV/692
Measurement3 min 25 sec
DownloadDownload video 15.07 MB
Object type
  • Actuality footage
  • Television news footage
MakerColeridge, Michael
Place madeVietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province
Date madeSeptember 1967
DescriptionSgt 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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