• Short Summary

    Britain and four Commonwealth countries are currently engaged in a combined exercise designed to test the defence potential safeguarding Malaysia and Singapore after Britain's military withdrawal from South East Asia next year.

  • Description

    Britain and four Commonwealth countries are currently engaged in a combined exercise designed to test the defence potential safeguarding Malaysia and Singapore after Britain's military withdrawal from South East Asia next year. Land sea and air forces from Britain. Australia. New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore are taking part in exercise "Bersatu Padu" a code name which means `complete unity.'
    The exercise, which began threat months ago with Britain's largest ever peacetime airlift to bring troops and equipment into Malaysia, involves a total of 25,000 servicemen from the five countries.

    It's the culmination of two years planning to test the battle worthiness of the troops, many of whom were given a preliminary period of jungle training.

    Now the forces are involved in an assumed emergency situation in which "infiltrators" have established bases in Malaysia. For the purposes of the exercise, the "infiltrators" are being played by Malaysian and Gurkha troops.

    To repulse them, British marine commandos landed near Penarek from the British carrier "Bulwark" while Australian and New Zealand forces advanced through the jungle.

    It's also assumed that the airspace is controlled by the Commonwealth forces, and some of the 44 Australian Air Force Mirage fighters from the Butterworth base are involved in attacks on the "occupied areas."
    The exercise is controlled from a forward headquarters at Dungun, on the coast, where field umpires keep a tally of successful advances and tactical manoeuvres.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA923HNWRK40M044HVFVWEYBJRQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA923HNWRK40M044HVFVWEYBJRQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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