• Short Summary

    A FURTHER CONTINGENT OF AUSTRALIAN TROOPS -- 350 MEN OF THE 105TH FIELD BATTERY -- ARRIVED IN SOUTH VIETNAM ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 20TH) UNDER A VEIL OF SECRECY.

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    A FURTHER CONTINGENT OF AUSTRALIAN TROOPS -- 350 MEN OF THE 105TH FIELD BATTERY -- ARRIVED IN SOUTH VIETNAM ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 20TH) UNDER A VEIL OF SECRECY. NEWS OF THE ARRIVAL WAS NOT RELEASED UNTIL THE TROOPS WERE ASHORE AND THEIR TRANSPORT SHIP, HMAS SYDNEY, AND ESCORT VESSELS HAD SAILED.

    THE TROOPS DISEMBARKED FROM THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER AT VUN TAU, 40 MILES (61 KILOMETRES) NORTH OF SAIGON. THEY WERE AIRLIFTED TO THE AIRBASE AT BIEN HOA, JUST OUTSIDE THE CAPITAL.

    THE ARRIVAL OF THE LATEST FORCE BRINGS THE AUSTRALIAN STRENGTH IN SOUTH VIETNAM TO NEARLY 1,500 MEN, OR THE EQUIVALENT OF AN AUSTRALIAN BATTALION.

    THE TROOPS HAVE ALREADY TAKEN UP DEFENSIVE POSITIONS, AND ITS ARTILLERY WAS USED AGAINST THE NATIONAL LIBERATION ARMY (VIETCONG) YESTERDAY (MONDAY) IN THE AREA OUTSIDE SAIGON KNOWN AS 'WAR ZONE D'.

    THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN TROOPS STATIONED IN SOUTH VIETNAM ARRIVED MORE THAN FOUR MONTHS AGO TO SUPPORT THE UNITED STATES FORCES IN THE COUNTRY WHICH NOW NUMBER MORE THAN 127-THOUSAND MEN.

    ARMS AND EQUIPMENT FOR THE AUSTRALIAN FORCES WERE LANDED IN THE PORT OF SAIGON YESTERDAY FROM VESSELS OF THE KOREAN NAVY. THE EQUIPMENT WAS TAKEN ABOARD THE KOREAN VESSELS FROM HMAS SYDNEY AND HER ESCORT VESSELS WHEN THE AUSTRALIAN TROOPS DISEMBARKED LAST TUESDAY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9VI09EW3KV9RIJXKALC989UW6
    Media URN:
    VLVA9VI09EW3KV9RIJXKALC989UW6
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/10/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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