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ID number P04959.053
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Digital file TIFF
Photographer Page, Timothy John
Place made Vietnam
Date made 6 - 12 November 1966
Copyright holder Page, Timothy John
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An unidentified Australian soldier of the 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR) sits and guards a Viet Cong suspect also seated in the grass, during a cordon and search operation, believed to be near the Rung Sat ('Jungle of death'). The village is probably Lang Phuoc Hoa. Three other soldiers are waiting in the background. From 6 to 12 November 1966 5RAR participated in a two sequential operations in the Rung Sat area. The preliminary operation from 6 to 7 November was known to 5RAR as Operation Yass and was later referred to as Phase 1 of Operation Hayman. It involved a cordon and search of Lang Phuoc Hoa village on Route 15 on the edge of the Rung Sat. On 8 November the main stage of Operation Hayman commenced when 5RAR were helicoptered onto Long Son Island in the middle of the Rung Sat. From 8 to 12 November the battalion carried out a search and destroy operation. The Rung Sat is a vast tangle of waterways and mangrove swamps, between Vung Tau and Saigon, which had long been used by the Viet Cong to infiltrate food and supplies.