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ID number P02177.009
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film original negative 35mm safety base
Photographer Carroll, Owen Maxwell
Place made Vietnam: Phuoc Tuy Province, Duc Thanh
Date made November 1966
Copyright holder Carroll, Owen Maxwell


Blindfolded prisoners, suspected to be Viet Cong (VC), crouch at an Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) fort north of Binh Ba, awaiting interrogation regarding fifty tons of rice located at a VC food dump by members of 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR). The rice was sent as aid to South Vietnam and the bags were stamped with the "hands across the sea" Texas 1965 markings. Food sent to South Vietnam was often diverted from aid projects and sold on the black market in Saigon. This rice was distributed to the local South Vietnamese community by 5RAR.