Biography

Birth date: 14 February 1934
Birth place: Australia: Tasmania
Death date: 09 September 1985
Death place: Thailand: Bangkok

Neil Davis, one of Australia's most respected combat cameramen, was born on 14 February 1934 in southern Tasmania. He was a good student, a keen sportsman and took up photography in his high school years.

He left school at 14 to work in the Tasmanian Government Film Unit. At the same time he became a professional footballer and, later, a runner. He contracted polio in his late teens, but recovered to return to his film work. In 1961 he joined the ABC as a cine-cameraman but left in December 1963 to take a job as Visnews's cameraman and correspondent for south-east Asia, based in Singapore.

In early 1964 Davis went to Borneo to cover the confrontation between Indonesia and Malaya. It was his first Asian assignment - the first of many - and his first war, but he saw no action. Shortly afterwards Davis made his first visits to Vietnam and Laos. Although he reported from across Asia, he is best remembered for his long association with, and reporting on, the war in Indo-China.

Unusual among foreign correspondents, Davis chose to film the war from the South Vietnamese perspective, shooting acclaimed combat footage on many occasions and acquiring a reputation for skill and luck. He was driven by the desire to obtain the best film he could and was well-known for his neutrality, crossing, on one occasion, to film from the Viet Cong side. Davis's main preoccupation was with filming the effects of war and combat on individuals. His neutrality notwithstanding, Davis earned the ire of United States military authorities, but this did not stop American news networks seeking out his film.

In September 1968 Visnews sent Davis to London, but he returned to Vietnam at the first opportunity, to film a war that was now being left increasingly to the Vietnamese to fight. A keen gambler and relentless womaniser, Davis was also a philanthropist who gave generously to victims of the war.

Between 1970 and 1975 Davis spent increasing amounts of time in Cambodia and he moved to Phnom Penh in 1971. He was severely wounded on several occasions, once almost losing a leg, but was fit and determined enough to recover and continue his work. In June 1973 Davis left Visnews and became a freelancer. He was forced to leave Phnom Penh when that city fell, but remained in Saigon to film North Vietnamese soldiers entering the Presidential Palace, the symbolic end of the war.

After Vietnam, Davis based himself in Bangkok, but travelled widely to cover stories in Angola, the Sudan, Uganda and Beirut. On 29 January 1977 he married Chou Ping, but the couple separated in 1980. The following year he was briefly imprisoned in Syria, accused of spying for Israel.

On 9 September 1985, Davis was killed by shrapnel while filming a coup in Bangkok.

Rolls and Awards

Collection Items

Film

RAAF Hercules bring back the last Australian troops from Vietnam, December 1972

The RAAF which began active operations in South Vietnam in July 1964 with three transport aircraft appropriately closed the book on the Vietnam war regarding Australia's involvement yesterday when two Hercules C130 transports from RAAF Richmond brought out the last Australian troops. The Hercules...

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BCINA TV prints AATTV South Vietnam DPR/TV/172

British Commonwealth International News Agency (BCINA) TV items shot in South Vietnam during a Public Relations visit. Larger one is of training activities at Dong Da Training Centre and includes battle innoculation, artillery, and village cordon and search. Smaller one is of operational outpost...

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Interview with Neil Davis Roll 20 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent, describes hand to hand fighting methods in Cambodia; filming during close fighting; taking up a weapon to defend a position that was being overun; explains why it was sometimes impossible to get action footage in a battle; his refusual to take film of...

F10494

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 21 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent, describes events during the siege of Kompong Selai, Cambodia; how besieged government troops hunted the Khmer Rouge as food; the tenacity of the Cambodian Government troops in the defence of Phnom Penh; United States desertion of Cambodia; his feelings...

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Interview with Neil Davis Roll 23 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent, describes his feelings regarding the twenty to thirty close correspondent friends killed in the war; the heaviest fighting of the war at Quang Tri and the seige of An Loc during the North Vietnamese 1972 Spring Offensive; shell shock among the beseiged...

F10497

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 24 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent, describes his first experience in combat; how the first shot was just like in the movies; learned latter that how green he was and that he was lucky to survive his first year; learning to 'do as the soldiers do'; relative safety of the front line; prefering...

F10498

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 25 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent, describes learning continually; danger of becoming divorced from the action; not becoming an obvious target; witnessing the 'man with the white flag' incident at Hue as a violation of the Geneva Convention; limited power of the newsman; his humanity as a...

F10499

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 2 Aranya Prathet (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent, describes United States (US) fear of North Vietnamese ground attack; South Vietnamese defence of the Khe Sanh perimeter; ironic end at Khe Sanh and its effect on US morale.

F10500

South Vietnamese Army Ranger in action in Cho Lon area (Visnews production number 4828-68)

South Vietnamese Army Rangers have been combing Saigon's Chinese sector of Cho Lon trying to flush out die-hard Viet Cong. On Wednesday fighting was continuing in parts of Cho Lon, but it was less fierce than during the previous three days when the Viet Cong offensive on the capital began. About...

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Swamps and mud are harsh opponents as American troops patrol during Operation Eagle Flight in Kien Province (Visnews production number 340-69)

Swamps, rice paddies and mud proved to be a difficult enemy as American troops patrolled through parts of Kien Phong Province on the Cambodian border early this week during Operation Eagle Flight. The three day operation, involving troops from the 9th Infantry Division, took place from last...

F10503

[US troops withdraw from Vietnam] (Visnews production number 10214-69)

On 8 June 1969 President Richard M Nixon announced a policy of 'Vietnamization' of the war and a reduction of United States forces in Vietnam. Film shows US soldiers quing up dock side to board a amphibious assault carrier. Soldiers processed by a clerk before proceeding up the gangway into the...

F10504

United States and South Vietnamese Forces push deeper into Cambodia (Visnews production number 4151-70)

United States and South Vietnamese forces pushing through Cambodia are said to have wiped out a large number of Communist troops who have long used the 'Parrot's Beak' and 'Fish Hook' areas of the country as sanctuaries. Since the dawn invasion to wipe out Communist bases started last Friday, the...

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Fierce fighting for the town of Srang (Visnews production number 8307-70)

Cambodian government troops are making a major effort to recapture the town of Srang, 30 miles (45 km) south west of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. The government forces were driven out of Srang last Sunday (30 August). On Tuesday (1 September), they fought their way back to within half a mile...

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The battle for Saang [Khum Srang] (Visnews production number 1162-71)

More than one hundred guerrillas were killed by Cambodian troops on Wednesday (January 27) in the battle for Saang [Khum Srang] 18 miles (30 km) south of the capital, Phnom Penh. Four Cambodian soldiers were injured. This is the fourth time that the town, which lies on a direct Viet Cong...

F10507

Cambodian Forces counter attack around Saang [Khum Srang] on the vital Viet Cong route to Vietnam (Visnews production number 1223-71)

The Cambodian town of Saang [Khum Srang] epitomises the current war in that country. The small collection of villages lies astride Route 21, used by the Viet Cong as a route to and from Vietnam. Saang lies 18 miles (30 km) southeast of Phnom Penh. Early on the morning of January 27 (Wednesday) an...

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Battle for the town of Saang [Khum Srang] continues (Visnews production number 1285-71)

Some 22 miles (36 km) south east of Phnom Penh, is the town of Saang [Khum Srang 18 miles (30 km) south west of Phnom Penh] (pronounced Sar - ung) - by Saturday, January 30th, it had been under attack without respite for four days. Saang is a key point on the vital Route 21 to Phnom Penh - the...

F10509

Highway Four Cambodian troops rout Communist Forces (Visnews production number 4744-71)

Cambodian troops fresh from fighting in Laos - not previously known to have been there at all - have just routed Communist forces in a new battle for the vital sea-link of Highway Four. They fought their way to within two miles of a besieged Government garrison at the strategic Pich Nil Pass on...

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Government Forces sustain heavy losses in Fighting near Phnom Penh (Visnews production number 13772-71)

Government forces sustained heavy losses west of Phnom Penh, near Khmer capital, over the weekend, as they battled with Communist forces for control of the so-called invasion route to the capital. This film shows the aftermath of the Communist attack on a Khmer company, early on Sunday, at Prey...

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[Khmer] Government Forces drive back Communist troops in fierce paddyfield battle (Visnews production number 13978-71)

As forces of the Khmer Government and Communist troops battle for control around the outskirts of Phnom Penh, some of the heaviest fighting since the war escalated into the country has been reported over the last few days. Last Tuesday (23 November), Visnews cameraman Neil Davis accompanied a...

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Colonel in pony drawn cart leads Khmer troops into Communist territory (Visnews production number 14265-71)

A Khmer battalion led by a colonel in a pony-drawn cart edged cautiously into communist territory last Monday (29 November) just north of the capital of Phnom Penh. The day before the battalion lost 2 killed and 50 wounded in a similar attempt to proceed along the road, initially built as part of a...

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[Khmer] Government and Communist forces in fierce close combat near Phnom Penh (Visnews production number 14584-71)

Government and Communist forces were on Monday (6 December) locked in a fierce close combat duel for control of the western approaches to Phnom Penh. The fighting - mainly with mortars, automatic rifles and hand grenades, took place only 10 to 15 miles (16 to 24 km) from the capital. Spearheading...

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South Vietnamese in tough battle to regain Quang Tri City from Communists heavy fighting force civilans to flee area (Visnews production number 8894-72)

South Vietnamese troops attempting to recapture the northern city of Quang Tri have run into very stiff North Vietnamese resistance during the last few days of the battle (19-20 July). Both sides are using tanks in the city. The air cover over Quang Tri is being flown exclusively by the South...

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Rangers ambushed by North Vietnam regulars near Lai Khe base camp (Visnews production number 9964-72)

A battalion of South Vietnamese Rangers, caught in an ambush by North Vietnamese forces only two miles (3.2 km) from Lai Khe Base Camp - headquarters of the South Vietnamese Fifth Division near Saigon - was saved from almost certain annihilation on Tuesday (15 August) when government pilots made a...

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Armoured personnel carriers come under Communist fire while bogged down (Visnews production number 10012-72)

Armoured Personnel Carriers - sent to the relief of a South Vietnamese Ranger battalion near Lai Khe - on Tuesday (15 August) came under North Vietnamese mortar fire when they became bogged down in a paddy field. The carriers were called for after the Rangers were forced to withdraw from an area...

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[Khmer] Government troops repulsed in drive to open Highway Two (Visnews production number 10648-72)

Tight security continued in Phnom Penh on Sunday (3 September) during the elections to restore Parliament. These are the first such elections since 1966. The election day coincides with the anniversary of the death of North Vietnam's former leader, Ho Chi Minh, and the Communists were expected to...

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After being repulsed Khmer troops make new drive to Highway Two (Visnews production number 10670-72)

Voters trickled to the polls in Phnom Penh in a parliamentary election on Sunday (3 September), as government troops outside the capital city tried to break a tightening communist encirclement that has all but cut it off from the rest of the country. The election is designed to complete Marshal Lon...

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A day in the life of a grenade expert and his death (Visnews production number 13593-72)

This dramatic film shows the death of a grenade thrower in the South Vietnamese Army. After making a series of single handed attacks on a Viet Cong position he returns safely to his own lines then collapses with bullet in his stomach and dies within seconds. The soldier was Nguyen Van Phuc. He was...

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Khmers await proposed ceasefire down but undaunted (Visnews production number 15134-72)

Film shows deserted remains of houses. Farming families living and working in otherwise abandoned villages. Khmer Government boy soldiers fishing. Khmer soldiers and their families arriving and their families on an ammunition truck. A Kmer officer loading an intelligence officer in civilian clothes...

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Interview with Tim Bowden (Frontline out takes)

Tim Bowden as an ABC journalist in Vietnam. His experience on a twenty four hour stay with a United States Marine Corps unit on a search and destroy mission in a free fire zone. Told to walk in the tank tracks as a way to avoid mines and booby traps. How the Marines forced Vietnamese villagers to...

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Interview with Pat Burgess (Frontline out takes)

Francis Patrick Burgess as a correspondent for John Fairfax & Sons Ltd, News Limited and the 7 Network on the death of four fellow correspondents; accompanying Police Chief General Loan fighting near the bridge to Bien Hoa; grim conditions at Hue, and North Vietnamese determination; reasons for...

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Interview with Mike Carlton (Frontline out takes)

Mike Carlton as a correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) describes his first impressions of South Vietnam in 1966 and 1970; censorship and objectivity within the ABC; effect of TV on public opinion, quoting the North Vietnamese Defence Minister; ABC didn't interpret the...

F10542

Interview with Jim Revitt (Frontline out takes)

Jim Revitt as a correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) Radio News and Television News and Radio Australia describes being the only ABC reporter in South Vietnam; utilising Visnews cameramen; Neil Davis as one of the greatest cameramen and correspondents of the Vietnam war;...

F10554

Interview with Gerald Stone (Frontline out takes)

Gerald Stone as a journalist for News Limited and television correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) describes why journalists enter a war zone; excitement of war as described by Associated Press photographer Horst Faust; veteran reporters are not cynics; 1965 bombing of the...

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Interview with Mike Willesee (Frontline out takes)

Mike Willesee as a correspondent for the Daily News, Macquarie Broadcasters and the Australian Broadcasting Commission describes experiences while filming the by product of war at an orphanage run by Buddhist Monks; orphange fired upon by Army of the Repbulic of Vietnam (ARVN) troops since the...

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Interview with Anthony Ferguson (Frontline out takes)

Anthony Langbene (Tony) Ferguson as a roving correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) news department and Radio Australia describes Vietnam war coverage by the ABC; a patrol with the 'junk force'; beginning of the Tet offensive; General Westmoreland in the United States (US)...

F10563

Interview with Ed Bradley (Frontline out takes)

Interview with Edward R. Bradley as an American CBS war correspondent in Indo China. How Neil Davis saved his life during his first combat experience. Leaving Phnom Penh during the Khmer Rouge take over. Neil Davis fears for his Cambodian friends - crying on the helicopter during the evacuation....

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Interview with Joe Lee (Frontline out takes)

Joe Lee as a cameraman correspondent for Associated Press describes Neil Davis' fascination for Cambodia, his front line involvement and influence; why Neil stayed in Saigon; events and emotions during the fall of Saigon.

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Interview with Neil Davis for In the eye of a storm - Sydney Film 1

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, Sydney, talks about leaving the Australian Broadcasting Commission and then working for Visnews. Gives his opinion of Gurkha troops as perhaps the best soldiers and relates a story of Gurkhas in action against the Indonesians...

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Interview with Neil Davis for In the eye of a storm - Sydney Film 2 Tk 5

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent on being thousands of time in combat; on occasions close enough to hear the taunts of the Viet Cong or North Vietnamese soldiers; swearing exchanges between the tow opposing sides could be funny; how he drove to the war in his Mercedes car in Cambodia; the ...

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Interview with Neil Davis for In the eye of a storm - Sydney Film 3

Neil Davis, as a cameraman and war correspondent, on the part fate plays in a war. He felt his obligation as a cameraman and correspondent was to bring truth to the people. The television coverage of the war left a lot to be desired however it did show for the first time the ugly reality the war....

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Interview with Neil and Julie Davis for In the eye of a storm - Sydney Films 4 & 5

Continuation of F10573 with Neil Davis describing the shoulder launched heat seeking anti aircraft guided missile (Soviet SA-7) employed by the North Vietnamese in 1972. How the Americans developed a 'stove pipe' exhaust system for their helicopters to foil the missile. Davis describes the siege...

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Interview with Neil Davis for In the eye of a storm - Sydney Film 6

The unique way that the Americans had of interrogating Viet Cong prisoners by pushing them off helicopters. He believes that war is a series of atrocities and the Americans were not any worse in committing them than the Communists. Davis gives his opinions on Wilfred Burchett. He regards him as...

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Interview with Neil Davis for In the eye of a storm - Sydney Film 7

Take 9. Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent on how through his geographical knowledge of Cambodia managed to get the story of Cambodia troops besieged in a 12 Century Temple on the Thai border; asked of his recollection of a rocket exploding when he was wounded the last time. [sound cut for 2...

F10576

Interview with Neil Davis and David Schofield for In the eye of a storm - TAS Films 2 & 3

David Schofield describes country football, and Neil Davis as a young football player. Neil Davis describes his ancestral heritage and childhood life on a farm in Sorell; how this gave him an affinity to Asian peasants with similar problems and philosophy; deaths of his parents; how his childhood...

F10577

Interview with Neil Davis for In the eye of a storm - TAS Film 4

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent for Visnews Ltd describes a country 'character' and his visit to Bellerive; leaving his household and friends in Phnom Penh three days before it fell to communist forces.

F10578

Interview with Neil Davis for In the eye of a storm - TAS Film 5 Slates 15 - 20

David Schofield describes rough justice as a young football player in Tasmania; Neil Davis as a footballer and local identity; first recollections of Neil Davis. Neil Davis describes the influence of his brother in the RAN; Victory Japan Day in Sorell; influence of the Second World War in early...

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Interview with Neil Davis for In the eye of a storm - TAS Film 5 Slate 21

Take 21. Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent is asked about premonitions of his own death [sound cut 33sec]; confident that he would survive even when he was severely wounded in action as well as when he was a young man suffering from Polio Mellitus; personal faith a belief in reincarnation as...

F10580

HMAS Sydney unloads

HMAS Sydney at sea c May 1965 on operation Trimdon the transport of 1 RAR to Vung Tau South Vietnam. Rear Admiral T K Morrison arrives by Wessex helicopter. He his greeted by Sydney's commander Captain G J B Crabb . 8 June 1965 Sydney anchored off Vung Tau and unloading trailers and Land Rovers by...

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Frontline

David Bradbury's documentary film on Australian television news cameraman/correspondent Neil Davis and his experience of the war in Vietnam and Cambodia. Davis had spent 11 years covering the war mainly for Visnews and, later towards the end of the conflict, as freelance cameraman. He saw the...

F10474

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 2 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent, describes the training and equipment of United States (US) forces and how they were poorly deployed; compares the effectiveness of US forces and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) against the Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese Army (NVA); VC...

F10476

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 3 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describes Viet Cong (VC) tactics used against United States (US) and Australian troops; Australian troops' jungle warfare tactics, and how the VC adapted to them; Australian troops' casualty rate due to landmines and booby traps; achievement of Australian, US...

F10477

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 4 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describes the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV); Viet Cong (VC) and compares their rifles and mortars to those of US forces; consequences of faults with the US M16 assault rifle; armoured vehicles in the monsoon season.

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Interview with Neil Davis Roll 5 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describes the US media focus; casualty statistics; his reasons for accompanying South Vietnamese forces; how naïve US correspondents misinterpreted and misrepresented events. [Interview concludes as sound only after film runs out.]

F10479

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 6 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describes major events leading to the United States defeat; media representation of the Tet offensive and the US political and public reaction; the narrow focus of US media reporting the war; begins relating circumstances surrounding the execution of a...

F10480

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 7 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent continues relating circumstances surrounding the execution of a Viet Cong by Police Chief General Nguyen Ngoc Loan; a later encounter with General Loan; the impact of colour TV over black and white; US media censorship compared with Britain and Japan; US...

F10481

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 8 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describes his opinion on the Australian Broadcasting Commission's (ABC) censorship policy; the reason for Visnews' existence; how his film was cut to present a distorted picture of the Vietnam war to Australian viewers; how Visnews wrongly believed the war...

F10482

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 9 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describes his film presentation style compared with that of the Television networks; how his films were historical footage; how the course of the war was changed by the media; the 'man with the white flag' incident; his opinion on physically helping, and...

F10483

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 10 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describes personal repercussions after filming 'the man with the white flag' incident; how it was eventually eclipsed by the My Lai massacre; compares his editing to that of the Television networks; why he continued working for Visnews despite United States...

F10484

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 11 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describes his opinion of Visnews' presentation of his film; hard hitting stories sometimes downplayed in the editing; filming the overall story to show the good and bad aspects; the degeneration of morals because of the United States presence; prostitution as...

F10485

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 12 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describes reasons behind the alleged disorder of South Vietnamese troops; how President Thieu's withdrawal from the Central Highlands in 1975 demoralised the South Vietnamese forces; the M16 assault rifle and the effect of its' high velocity rounds when they...

F10486

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 13 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describes how a South Vietnamese double agent arranged for Davis to meet the Viet Cong; how a United States officer friend of Davis held off for three days the B52 strikes when Davis went with Viet Cong; effects of carpet bombing and cluster bombs. [Original...

F10487

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 14 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describes the effects of the B52 bombing and napalm, a Vietnamese village after a naplam attack and how an angry peasant women threw the body of a dead dog at the feet of a United States officer; brief description of going to film a Viet Cong village; vital...

F10488

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 15 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describes his working in Vietnam 1964-1975; distribution of his film through out the world [sound briefly drops out]; accompanying South Vietnamese troops for his first combat experience; the sounds made by the weapons just like on war films; his preferring...

F10489

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 16 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describes his field equipment with demonstrations and close ups of the Bell and Howell DR70 16mm silent, Cinema Products CP16 sound on film cine cameras and portable cassette sound recorder; reasons for working alone; boots and pungi sticks. [Interview...

F10490

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 17 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describes how the Viet Cong combined booby traps and ambushes; dangerous jungle creatures and the story of how an American sentry was carried off by a tiger; awareness of booby traps; crossing rivers; the difference between the war in South Vietnam which was...

F10491

Interview with Neil Davis Roll 18 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describes the lead up to the Cambodian war; the symbolism of the Cambodian flag and how it was carried before the troops in battle; President Nixon and Henry Kissinger forcing Cambodia into war; how Nixon and Kissinger's tactics failed Cambodia; His opinion...

F10492

Withdrawal of AAAGV (DPR-S-143)

Coverage of the withdrawal from South Vietnam of the Australian Army Assistance Group Vietnam (AAAGV). Includes scene of Neil Davis filming the event with his CP16 16mm sound on film cine camera. See also F03399 RAAF Hercules bring back the last Australian troops from Vietnam, December 1972.

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Interview with Neil Davis Roll 1 (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent, describes a free fire zone and its impact upon Vietnamese peasants; attitude of United States soldiers and their experience of the Vietnamese; Viet Cong opinion of their enemy. [Bradbury calls out that this is Roll 3 at start of take 1; interview concludes...

F10475

Government Marines advance into Quang Tri Province move comes as President Thieu pledges recapture of all lost territory (Visnews production number 7676-72). South Vietnamese airborne troops penetrate into Quang Tri City amid heavy North Vietnamese resistance (Visnews production number 8756-72)

Visnews 7676/72: South Vietnamese Marines have regained a foothold in Quang Tri Province seized by Communist units during the early days of the latest North Vietnamese offensive. No details have been given of Marine casualties in the fighting, but newsmen saw many injured soldiers being carried...

F10515

Neil Davis on assignment at Aranya Prathet on the Thai Cambodian border during Vietnam's invasion of Cambodia (Frontline out takes)

Neil Davis in an apartment being served a meal. Davis perched up a tree looking over towards the Thai Cambodian border. Thai soldiers in front of border gate. Davis climbing down the tree. Davis on pillion of motorcycle talking to other Western reporters. Davis arriving on pillion of motorcycle....

F10501

Vietnam / Harry Dunkley

An 8mm film taken by Army Public Relations Photographer 245216 WO2 Harry Dunkley during his first of two visits to South Vietnam. Film opens with a close up of a stamped passport dated 1964. A hotel possibly in Singapore. Boarding a Pan American 707 and taking off showing views of the engines...

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Photograph

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Hanoi, Vietnam, 1985-02. Australian cameraman Neil Davis at the War Museum standing beside tank No. 843, a Chinese manufactured Type 59 version of the Soviet T54 tank, and the first tank to smash through the gates of the Presidential Palace in Saigon on 1975-04-30. Only Neil Davis's camera captured...

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Mekong Delta, South Vietnam, 1967. Australian cameraman Neil Davis, with hand-held Bell and Howell camera, on patrol with South Vietnamese troops.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1971. Australian cameraman Neil Davis carrying a wounded Cambodian soldier out of action.

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Portrait of Neil Davis, c. 1974. Born Tasmania 1934-02-14, killed Bangkok 1985-09-09. Neil Davis was for over twenty years one of the worlds's greatest cameramen and journalists. "From the early 1960's until he was killed in September 1985, Davis brought images of war on three continents to the...

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Mekong Delta, South Vietnam, 1967. Australian cameraman Neil Davis crossing a river while on patrol with South Vietnamese troops.

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South Vietnam, 1972. Australian cameraman Neil Davis taking a drink from a South Vietnamese soldiers helmet during the Communists' Spring offensive in the Mekong Delta.

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Mekong Delta, South Vietnam, 1972. Australian cameraman Neil Davis resting while on patrol with South Vietnamese troops during the Communists' Spring offensive.

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Mekong Delta, South Vietnam, 1967. Australian cameraman Neil Davis crossing a river while out on patrol with South Vietnamese troops.

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Cambodia, 1970-06. Australian cameraman Neil Davis steadying his camera on the body of a dead Khmer soldier during the hectic action around the Oudong Pagoda on Highway Five.

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Cambodia, 1972. Australian cameraman Neil Davis conducting an exclusive interview with the Cambodian President, Lon Nol. The former Prime Minister in the government led by Prince Sihanouk, General Lon Nol deposed the Prince in a coup in 1970, shortly after he declared himself Marshal Lon Nol, and...

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Cambodia, 1974. Australian cameraman Neil Davis, wounded by a mortar blast which nearly blew off his right leg, arriving at an aid post on a stretcher. Davis was given a transfusion directly from a green coconut which saved his life. His concerned driver An Veng is pictured at the extreme left.

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Private Record

Heraldry

M -1969 Pattern Fragmentation Protective Body Armor Vest : Neil Davis

M 1969 Pattern Fragmentation Protective Body Armor Vest. The vest contains a ballistic filler sealed in a waterproof polyvinyl chloride (PVC) casing. The filler consists of 12 plies of ballistic nylon fabric in the front and upper back, ten plies in the back with an additional 2 plies, 127...

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Sound

Neil Brian Davis as a cameraman / correspondent for Visnews Ltd, Vietnam and Cambodia 1964-1975, interviewed by Tim Bowden

A transcript of this recording may be available. For further information please contact the Sound section.

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Neil Brian Davis as a cameraman/correspondent for Visnews Ltd, Vietnam and Cambodia 1964-1975, preparing the voice over for Frontline with David Bradbury

Neil Brian Davis as a cameraman/correspondent for Visnews Ltd, Vietnam and Cambodia 1964-1975, preparing the voice over for Frontline with David Bradbury

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Neil Brian Davis as a cameraman/correspondent for Visnews Ltd, Vietnam and Cambodia 1964-1975, and NBC News, Vietnam and Africa 1974-1985, interviewed by David Bradbury ['Frontline' out-takes - Film/Take 1]

Neil Brian Davis as a cameraman/correspondent for Visnews Ltd, Vietnam and Cambodia 1964-1975, and NBC News, Vietnam and Africa 1974-1985, interviewed by David Bradbury ['Frontline' out-takes - Film/Take 1] A transcript of this recording may be available. For further information please contact the...

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Neil Brian Davis as a cameraman / correspondent for Visnews Ltd, Vietnam and Cambodia 1964-1975, interviewed by Tim Bowden

A transcript of this recording may be available. For further information please contact the Sound section.

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Neil Brian Davis as a cameraman/correspondent for Visnews Ltd, Vietnam and Cambodia 1964-1975, interviewed by David Bradbury for the documentary film Frontline

Neil Brian Davis as a cameraman/correspondent for Visnews Ltd, Vietnam and Cambodia 1964-1975, interviewed by David Bradbury for the documentary film Frontline A transcript of this recording may be available. For further information please contact the Sound section.

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Timeline

Date of birth 1934-02-14 Tasmania.
Other 1948 Left school to work in the Tasmanian Government Film Unit.
Other 1961 Joined the ABC as a cine-cameraman.
Other 1963-12 Left ABC to take a job as Visnews's cameraman and correspondent for Southeast Asia, based in Singapore.
Other 1964 Davis went to Borneo to cover the confrontation between Indonesia and Malaya.
Other 1968-09 Visnews sent Davis to London. He returned to Vietnam at the first opportunity to film the war.
Other 1970 - 1975 Davis spent time covering the events in Cambodia.
Other 1971 Moved to Phomn Penh.
Other 1973-06 Davis left Visnews and became a freelancer.
Other 1975 Filmed the taking of Saigon's Presidential Palace, the symbol of American defeat.
Date of death 1985-09-09 Killed by shrapnel while filming a coup in Bangkok.