A burn off of dry foliage near dirt roads in a jungle clearing produces two large columns of ...

Accession Number P02975.026
Collection type Photograph
Object type Colour - Film original transparency (positive) 35mm
Maker Paule, John Alan
Place made Vietnam: Long Khanh Province
Date made c 1969
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
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Description

A burn off of dry foliage near dirt roads in a jungle clearing produces two large columns of rising grey smoke in the vicinity of Fire Support Base (FSB) Wattle. This activity possibly took place on the Firestone fire trail, an enemy infiltration and communication route in the province. So named because the 'Ho Chi Minh' sandals worn by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army plying the trail were fabricated from automobile tire treads (such as the US brand, Firestone Tires). The smoke probably marked pre-landing preparations for planned helicopter support to the area of operations (A0).

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