• Short Summary

    AMERICAN ARMOURED UNITS ARE SUPPORTING AUSTRALIAN TROOPS IN OPERATION AINSLIE NOW IN ITS THIRD PHASE.?

  • Description

    AMERICAN ARMOURED UNITS ARE SUPPORTING AUSTRALIAN TROOPS IN OPERATION AINSLIE NOW IN ITS THIRD PHASE. THE SEARCH AND DESTROY MISSION, AIMED AT ELIMINATING VIETCONG GUERRILLAS, IS CENTERED IN THE SLOPE 30 REGION. THE REGION IS LOCATED 10 MILES NORTHWEST OF THE AUSTRALIAN TASK FORCE BASE AT NUI DAT, IN PHUOC TUY PROVINCE, SOME 45 MILES NORTHEAST OF SAIGON.

    THE REGION IS A KNOWN VIETCONG SUPPLY AND STAGING AREA.

    LAST WEEK, 1,500 PEOPLE WERE UPROOTED FROM THE REGION AND NOW RESETTLED IN A NEW VILLAGE PROTECTED BY THE TASK FORCE.

    BEFORE THE START OF THE EVACUATION, SOME VILLAGERS, SUSPECTED OF BEING VIETCONG SYMPATHISERS, WERE QUESTIONED BY AUSTRALIAN MAJOR DON PATERSON, OF GREENS BOROUGH, VICTORIA. THE QUESTIONING WAS DONE THROUGH A VIETNAMESE INTERPRETER.

    IN THE COURSE OF CENSUS TAKING, FAMILIES ABOUT TO BE EVACUATED HAVE HAD THEIR THATCHED HUTS MARKED FOR DEMOLITION. THE DEMOLITION WAS AIMED AT ROBBING THE GUERILLAS OF HIDEOUTS.

    THE VILLAGE WAS THOROUGHLY SEARCHED... A TUNNEL COMPLEX WAS DISCOVERED WITH ESCAPE ROUTES LEADING TO NEARBY JUNGLE. WHILE FLEEING, THE GUERILLAS LEFT BEHIND A PILE OF DOCUMENTS WHICH REVEALED THEIR METHOD OF OPERATION IN THE REGION. THE COMPLEX WAS LATER DESTROYED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5S00A7EZ88AYY5D1S2OC8NEZM
    Media URN:
    VLVA5S00A7EZ88AYY5D1S2OC8NEZM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/09/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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