• Short Summary

    PADAWAN SOME 40 MILES (64 KMS) FROM KUCHING, THE SARAWAK CAPITAL, AND ABOUT FIVE MILES (8 KMS) FROM INDONESIAN BORNEO, IS THE COMPANY HEADQUARTERS OF THE BRITISH FIRST GREENJACKET TROOPS.

  • Description

    PADAWAN SOME 40 MILES (64 KMS) FROM KUCHING, THE SARAWAK CAPITAL, AND ABOUT FIVE MILES (8 KMS) FROM INDONESIAN BORNEO, IS THE COMPANY HEADQUARTERS OF THE BRITISH FIRST GREENJACKET TROOPS. THEY HAVE ALREADY SERVED IN BRUNEI, THE ENCLAVE NORTH OF SARAWAK AND SABAH (NORTH BORNEO).

    GUARD DOGS PATROL THIS BASE AREA WITH THEIR HANDLERS AT NIGHT AND HAVE TAKEN MUCH OF THE PRESSURE OFF THE TROOPS, ENABLING MORE TROOPS TO BE RELEASED FOR JUNGLE PATROL WORK. THE DOGS ARE HIGHLY TRAINED AND ARE KEPT FAMILIAR WITH THE CAMP AREA DURING THE DAY AS THEY EXERCISE.

    AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERY OFFICERS ARE ALSO SERVING OUT THERE. THEY ARE IN CHARGE OF THREE GUN POSITIONS COVERING THE BORDER IN SARAWAK.

    LAND DYAKS -- MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN TREK FOR ABOUT SIX HOURS OVER HILLY AND STEEP WINDING JUNGLE TRACKS, CARRYING BETWEEN 40 AND 50 POUNDS OF RATION ON THEIR BACKS FOR BRITISH TROOPS IN THE FORWARD AREAS. TROOPS ARE LIFTED TO THESE AREAS BY HELICOPTER FOR PATROL WORK OR TO RELIEVE BORDER OUTPOSTS.

    THE SAPIT OUTPOST FIVE MILES FROM PADAWAN, IS THE NEAREST TROOPS' POSITION TO INDONESIAN TERRITORY. THE CLOSEST GUN EMPLACEMENT IS ONLY 75 YARDS FROM THE INDONESIAN BORDER.

    BARBED WIRE ENTANGLEMENTS AND OTHER FORTIFICATIONS STRETCH OUT CLOSER TOWARDS THE BORDER.

    LAND DYAKS ASSIST BRITISH TROOPS TO BUILD AND DIG THE DEFENCES. THE POST IS MANNED BY TROOPS OF THE FIRST GREENJACKETS AND INCLUDE MEN FROM BRITAIN, EIRE, FIJI AND THE WEST INDIES.

    AT ONE PARTICULAR POINT, THE BORDER IS CLEARLY MARKED BY A SMALL TREE -- NAMED BY THE TROOPS AS THE "BORDER TREE". INDONESIAN GUERRILLAS HAVE FREQUENTLY BEEN SEEN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BORDER OBSERVING THE BRITISH OUTPOST FROM ONLY A FEW YARDS WITHIN THEIR TERRITORY.

    SAPIT IS RELIEVED EVERY FEW WEEKS BY FRESH TROOPS FROM PADAWAN BASE CAMP. THE OUTPOST IS A PERMANENT ONE AND AN INTRICATE SYSTEM HAS BEEN LAID DOWN WITH FLICKERING LIGHTS AND BUZZERS -- INDICATING ANY MOVEMENT ON MALAYSIAN TERRITORY. THESE ARE OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE AT NIGHT, AS THE JUNGLE IS DENSE IN MOST SPOTS, MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO PICK UP ANY MOVEMENT BY EYE. THE OUTPOST HAS NEVER BEEN ATTACKED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA51MPIDBG688FQ9J63821YOI09
    Media URN:
    VLVA51MPIDBG688FQ9J63821YOI09
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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