• Short Summary

    THE SUN RISES FROM THE SEA AS BRITISH MARINE COMMANDOS PREPARE FOR A MOCK ATTACK ON A SMALL ISLAND OFF THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN COAST 80 MILES FROM PERTH.

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    THE SUN RISES FROM THE SEA AS BRITISH MARINE COMMANDOS PREPARE FOR A MOCK ATTACK ON A SMALL ISLAND OFF THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN COAST 80 MILES FROM PERTH.THEY USED THE BRITISH COMMANDO CARRIER "BULWARK" AS THEIR SPRINGBOARD AND MADE THE INVASION BY HELICOPTER - IN THE FIRST EXERCISE OF ITS KIND IN AUSTRALIA.

    CONSTANT FLIGHTS OF HELICOPTERS LANDED MORE THAN FOUR HUNDRED ASSAULT TROOPS ON THE SMALL ISLAND OF CERVANTES.THEIR OPPONENTS IN THE MOCK BATTLE WERE AUSTRALIAN TROOPS.

    AS THE HELICOPTERS RETURNED FROM THE ISLAND 6 MILES AWAY THEY BROUGHT STRETCHERS BEARING SIMULATED CASUALTIES.

    THE HELICOPTERS MADE THEIR INVASION TRIPS AT LOW LEVEL TO AVOID DETECTION...BUT MAINTAINING RADIO CONTACT WITH THE "BULWARK".THE COMMANDO CARRIER HAS BEEN SPECIALLY ADAPTED TO CARRY A MOBILE STRIKE FORCE.THE AUSTRALIAN AIRCRAFT CARRIER, "SYDNEY", IS BEING CONVERTED FOR A SIMILAR ROLE.

    DURING THE EXERCISE - WHICH LASTED 48 HOURS - BRITISH AND AUSTRALIAN TROOPS ENGAGED IN RUGGED FIGHTING OVER SANDY, SCRUBBY COUNTRY AND IN TEMPERATURES OVER ONE HUNDRED DEGREES.

    GROUPS OF ARMY OBSERVERS IN THE FIELD INCLUDING THE COMMANDER, WESTERN COMMAND, BRIGADIER HUNT, PAID TRIBUTE TO THE EFFICIENT STRATEGIC WORKING OF BOTH SIDES AND THAT THE RESULT UNDER SUCH TRYING CONDITIONS WAS A TRIBUTE TO THE TRAINING OF BOTH BRITISH AND AUSTRALIAN FORCES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAAYLRU89L8FSL8XV6F8KYBKPD
    Media URN:
    VLVAAAYLRU89L8FSL8XV6F8KYBKPD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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