• Short Summary

    THE BIG PULL OUT OF COMMONWEALTH TROOPS FROM EAST MALAYSIA (SABAH AND SARAWAK) WHICH STARTED THREE WEEKS AGO CONTINUED AS THE FIRST OF THE FIGHTING INFANTRY BATTALIONS -- FOURTH BATTALION OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT -- WITHDREW FROM FORWARD LOCATIONS NEAR THE INDONESIAN BORDER.

  • Description

    THE BIG PULL OUT OF COMMONWEALTH TROOPS FROM EAST MALAYSIA (SABAH AND SARAWAK) WHICH STARTED THREE WEEKS AGO CONTINUED AS THE FIRST OF THE FIGHTING INFANTRY BATTALIONS -- FOURTH BATTALION OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT -- WITHDREW FROM FORWARD LOCATIONS NEAR THE INDONESIAN BORDER.

    AS THE AUSTRALIANS BEGAN LEAVING THE BAU CAMP, WHICH IS A FEW MILES FROM THE INDONESIAN BORDER, MALAYSIAN RANGERS ARRIVED IN HELICOPTERS AND TOOK OVER THEIR POSITIONS. THE AUSTRALIANS HAD BEEN THERE FOR THE PAST FOUR MONTHS. SEVERAL TIMES THEY HAD CLASHED WITH INDONESIAN GUERRILLAS NEAR THE BORDER. IN A RECENT ENCOUNTER WITH INDONESIAN GUERILLAS, THE BATTALION LOST ONE MAN KILLED AND A FEW OTHER INJURED.

    HELICOPTERS OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE RAN A SHUTTLE SERVICE TO AND FROM THE FORWARD AREAS TO COMPANY BASES BRINGING OUT THE AUSTRALIAN AND TAKING IN THE MALAYSIAN TROOPS.

    THE AUSTRALIANS WHO WERE PART OF THE 99 GURKA BRIGADE WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR DEFENDING, PATROLLING AND MAINTAINING A 37,000 YARD FRONT ALONG INDONESIAN MALAYSIAN-BORDER IN THE FIRST DIVISION OF SARAWAK.

    AS THE AUSTRALIANS HANDED OVER THE FORWARD AREA TO MALAYSIAN DEFENCE, BRITISH TROOPS OF THE INFANTRY BRIGADE GROUP BOARDED A SHIP AT SIBU, NORTH EAST OF KUCHING, TO TAKE THEM TO SINGAPORE.

    ON THEIR RETURN TO SINGAPORE MOST OF THESE MEN WILL BE SENT BACK TO BRITAIN WHERE THEY WILL RETURN TO CIVILIAN LIFE. BY THE END OF THIS YEAR BRITAIN IS EXPECTED TO WITHDRAW MOST OF THE FIFTEEN THOUSAND MEN SENT TO THE BORNEO STATES AT THE HEIGHT OF INDONESIAN CONFRONTATION.

    BRITAIN HAS MADE IT KNOWN THAT AT LEAST TEN THOUSAND OF HER TROOPS WILL BE WITHDRAWN FROM MALAYSIA -- A MOVE BY BRITAIN TO CUT ITS OVERSEAS DEFENCE COSTS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1Y4YLEO8NRJUBWZM4H2B0UIAQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA1Y4YLEO8NRJUBWZM4H2B0UIAQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/09/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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