|Object type||Colour - Film original transparency (positive) 35mm|
Paule, John Alan
|Place made||Vietnam: Long Khanh Province|
|Date made||c 1969|
Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright
Located west of National Route Two, Fire Support Base (FSB) Wattle was set in the Courtenay ...
Located west of National Route Two, Fire Support Base (FSB) Wattle was set in the Courtenay Rubber Planation, 25 km north north west of Nui Dat. A helicopter landing pad (lower right) is marked out in this jungle clearing. A Boeing Vertol CH-47 Chinook helicopter (centre) hovers above earthworks, an artillery piece, possibly a M-108 105 mm light howitzer, is suspended from its sling. A soldier below directs this evolution amid identification smoke whose coded colour confirms a current secure landing area. Another Chinook is also on an approach path (right background). Several similar guns (right) are also being prepared for final removal by helicopter as soldiers prepare to abandon the base. Temporarily the home of 161 Battery, Royal New Zealand Army, FSB Wattle was occupied by their gunners from March to September 1969 and this photograph records its evacuation.