• Short Summary

    Five hundred Australian troops pulled out of South Vietnam on Thursday. It was the first?

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    GVNui Dat base
    2 ft


    Troops loaded
    12 ft


    Trucks pull out
    15 ft


    Troops and truck
    18 1/2 ft


    Plane on Tarmac
    19 ft


    CU soldiers
    24 1/2 ft


    Caribou transport plane lands
    32 ft


    Men aboard plane
    37 ft


    Helicopter loading men
    39 ft


    Troops in tent awaiting loading
    43 ft


    Helicopter above Sydney off Vung Tau
    46 ft


    Copter flagged in
    50 ft


    Unloading truck
    52 ft


    Men down below decks
    56 ft


    Transport barge
    61 ft


    Aerials barges and Sydney -- loading in progress
    68 ft



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Five hundred Australian troops pulled out of South Vietnam on Thursday. It was the first phase of the program to withdraw all Australian combat forces from South Vietnam by the end of the year. Officers and men of the Third Infantry Battalion based at Nui Dat, south-east of Saigon, were flown by helicopter to the nearby port of Vung Tau to join the troops carrier Sydney for the journey home.

    News of the pullout was kept secret for security reasons.

    The embargo was not lifted until 24 hours after the troops were aboard the ship. The transfer from Nui Dat was accomplished without a hitch.

    Last August, Australian Prime Minister William McMahon, announced that the Government had decided to withdraw all its forces from Vietnam and they would be home by Christmas.

    He said withdrawal would be staggered over three months to give the South Vietnamese forces time to adjust. Australia would continue to provide military and civilian aid to Saigon. The rundown in the Australian commitment to Vietnam, which began in 1965, coincides with the withdrawals by Saigon's other allies.

    The Third Infantry Battalion is due back at its headquarters, in South Australia, on Friday week (October 15). In its eight months in Vietnam, four members of the Battalion were killed and 29 wounded.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3DSCH5OLPNLHE3BHHBNIFHOYA
    Media URN:
    VLVA3DSCH5OLPNLHE3BHHBNIFHOYA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/10/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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