Interview with Les Wasley and Allan Hogan (Frontline out takes)

Accession Number F10559
Collection type Film
Measurement 21 min 34 sec
Object type Interview
Physical description 16mm/colour (Eastman)/sound
Maker Hogan, Allan
Wasley, Les
Bradbury, David
Date made 15 March 1978
Access Open
Conflict Period 1970-1979
Korea, 1950-1953
Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Allan Hogan as a correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) and Les Wasley as a cameraman for the ABC, both on a media tour of South Vietnam during the North's invasion in 1975, describe differences between reporting wars in Korea, the Middle East and South Vietnam; impressions of South Vietnam and the poor morale of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) during a media guided tour; evacuating by helicopter during the the battle for Xuan Loc; panic among cvilians and soldiers to leave and Wasely filming while they scrambled to get on the Chinook helicopter; Xuan Loc portrayed by the South as a victory but actually ended up as a defeat; artillery fire and civilian trauma during the fall of Saigon; pleas by Vietnamese to help them flee to Australia; unreality of boarding a departure flight amid an atmosphere of tragedy; relationship with their taxi driver; emotional pain of witnessing human suffering; impact of limited TV coverage on public opinion of the war. [Sound drifts slightly out of sync as the item progresses due to fault with the audio tape recorder pilot tone at the time the orginal recording was made.]

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