Fire Support Base Coral. A 105mm M2A2 howitzer, the number 6 gun of 102 Field Battery, 12th ...

Units
Place Asia: Vietnam, Bien Hoa Province, Fire Support Base Coral
Accession Number P01769.011
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour, Landscape
Physical description Colour, Landscape
Maker Ayson, Greg
Place made Vietnam: Bien Hoa Province
Date made 13 May 1968
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright

Description

Fire Support Base Coral. A 105mm M2A2 howitzer, the number 6 gun of 102 Field Battery, 12th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, (RAA), on the morning after the first series of attacks on Fire Support Base (FSB) Coral by the North Vietnamese Army's (NVA) 7th Division. This position was temporarily overrun by the NVA on the night of the 12/13 May 1968, both the tyres were shot out and the gun was seriously damaged by a satchel charge and was later withdrawn for repair. Standing behind the gun are the crew members. Identified from left: Gunnner (Gnr) Walker; Gnr J E Schwarze; unknown; Sergeant Max Franklin, Gun Sergeant commanding 6 gun; unknown. The crew's personal weapons are leaning against the wheel and consist of two 5.56 mm M16A1 automatic rifles, three 7.62 mm L1A1 self-loading rifles and one 9 mm F1 sub-machine gun.