Tour of Vietnam: [4 RAR and 9 RAR 1969]

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Accession Number F04756
Collection type Film
Measurement 50 min 26 sec
Object type Home movie
Physical description 8mm super/colour (Kodachrome)/silent
Maker Tate, Donald William
Place made Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province, Horseshoe Hill, Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province, Nui Dat, Luscombe Airfield, Vietnam: Vung Tau Special Zone, Vung Tau
Date made January 1969-July 1969
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Description

'D' Company 4 RAR preparing to leave on Operation Stafford. Shows various aspects of redeployment into the jungle by 9 Sqn RAAF Iroquois helicopters from Luscombe airfield Nui, Dat. On Operation Stafford after a contact. 10 Platoon 4 RAR in the field after a contact - eating rations, ablutions. Handwritten sign 'Op Stafford'. Yellow smoke identifies unit's position. 'Spotter' helicopter obtaining relevant information about enemy locations. Clearing sweep after contact. 10 Platoon and 'D' Company 4 RAR on R&C leave in Vung Tau - shows local women, scenery, clubs, beaches, South China Sea and Buddhist Temple. 4 RAR 'D' Company deployed to 'The Horseshoe' shows various aspects of life at this position which was a relatively 'safe' position. Profile shots. Maintenance. Target practice. Shows weapons. General duties. Watching US airstrikes. Mortar section in operation close ups of various soldiers. Preparing for TAOR patrol. 'D' Coy replaced by another Company. 4 RAR area at Nui Dat (belongs with scenes at start of film). Clearing duties at Horseshoe (belongs with earlier Horseshoe sequence). [Service with 9 RAR] Wet season at Horseshoe. Men of 7 Platoon. Shows road to Dat Do. Inside a Chinook with 9 RAR leaving for Operation Hat Dich. 7 Platoon 9 RAR in jungle. An enemy track. Collapsed tents etc. 7 Platoon re-entering Company position after a patrol. 4 RAR on patrol - Operation Stafford. 'D' Coy at Horseshoe again (belongs with previous sequence). US air strikes. Coming back from patrol. Operation Overlander - shows a variety of activities -ID checks of Vietnamese civilians, local transport, interpreting etc. On patrol. Guard duty at Nui Dat. Spotter helicopter again (belongs with earlier sequence) Resupply of food and ammunition. Reinforcements arriving, wounded ready to be taken out. Purple smoke indicating unit's position when US jets begin air strike. Sioux helicopter which co-ordinates air strike. Blue smoke. US air strike by F-100 Super Sabres hits VC bunkers. Private Winchester's narrow escape. More wounded. More reinforcements. Men on Operation Stafford - digging shell scrapes. Writing letters home. 9 RAR - Iroquois helicopters in action re-deployment. 9 RAR Operation Hat Dich 16 July 1969. Redeployment during operation - gunships assisting in redeployment - boarding helicopters. 9 RAR 7 Platoon prior to major ambush of 19 July 1969. Don Tate in hospital after being wounded.

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