• Short Summary

    THE MILITARY ASPECTS OF AUSTRALIA'S COMMITMENT IN VIETNAM WAS INSPECTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER HAROLD HOLT LAST WEEKEND.

  • Description

    THE MILITARY ASPECTS OF AUSTRALIA'S COMMITMENT IN VIETNAM WAS INSPECTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER HAROLD HOLT LAST WEEKEND. AUSTRALIA IS TO TREBLE HER FORCES THERE TO 4,500 MEN.

    HIS FIST STOP WAS BIEN HOA, SOME 12 MILES NORTHEAST OF SAIGON, WHERE NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIAN TROOPS AND DEFENDING A STRATEGIC UNITED STATES AIRBASE -- THE SECOND LARGEST IN THE COUNTRY. THE AUSTRALIANS ARE MEMBERS OF THE 105 FIELD BATTERY, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERY.

    ON HAND TO BRIEF MR. HOLT ON CURRENT SITUATION WAS MAJOR PETER NORMAN TEDDER, COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE 105 FIELD BATTERY. EARLY HITS MONTH, MAJOR TEDDER WAS ACQUITTED BY A COURT MARTIAL ON A CHARGE OF HAVING ONE OF HIS SOLDIERS HANDCUFFED TO A STAKE IN A WEAPONS PIT.

    MR. HOLT, THE FIRST ALLIED GOVERNMENT CHIEF TO VISIT EMBATTLED VIETNAM, WATCHED AN ARTILLERY DEMONSTRATION.

    CONTINUING HIS VISIT TO AUSTRALIAN TROOPS IN THE FIELD. MR. HOLT WINGED HIS WAY TO VUNG TAU, ABOUT 40 MILES SOUTHEAST OF SAIGON. THE HEAVILY ARMED HELICOPTER FLEW OVER KNOWN VIETCONG AREAS GIVING MR. HOLT A BIRD'S EYE VIEW OF THE VICINITY. THE PURPOSE OF THIS VISIT WAS TO SEE FOR HIMSELF AN AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE TRANSPORT UNIT WHICH IS PLAYING A VITAL ROLE IN THE QUICK TRANSPORTATION OF ALLIED TROOPS TO BATTLE AREAS.

    THE GROUNDED PLANES ARE CARIBOUS MECHANICS WENT ABOUT THEIR WORK UNPERTURBED WHILE MR. HOLT BOARDED A CARIBOU TO FIND OUT HOW COMFORTABLE IT IS INSIDE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6LSNFYQMOGSRUV2JBWYQNYXH8
    Media URN:
    VLVA6LSNFYQMOGSRUV2JBWYQNYXH8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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