• Short Summary

    THE MILITARY DEFENCE OF PHUOC TUY PROVINCE, SOME 45 MILES NORTHEAST OF SAIGON, IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE AUSTRALIAN TASK FORCE, WITH ITS HEADQUARTERS AT DUI DAT.

  • Description

    THE MILITARY DEFENCE OF PHUOC TUY PROVINCE, SOME 45 MILES NORTHEAST OF SAIGON, IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE AUSTRALIAN TASK FORCE, WITH ITS HEADQUARTERS AT DUI DAT. THE FORCE'S TWO BATTALIONS CONSTANTLY SWEEP THROUGH THE PROVINCE IN SEARCH OF VIETCONG GUERILLA BASES.

    ON THURSDAY (JULY 27), AUSTRALIAN ARMY MINISTER MALCOLM FRASER, NOW ON A 10-DAY VISIT TO VIETNAM, INSPECTED THE HEADQUARTERS. THE COMMANDER OF AUSTRALIAN FORCES IN VIETNAM, MAJOR GENERAL D. VINCENT, TOOK THE MINISTER ON A TOUR OF THE BASE.

    MR. FRASER CLAIMED INTO FOXHOLES TO TALK TO THE TROOPS, AND WATCHED A DEMONSTRATION OF WEAPONS USED ON PATROL, INCLUDING THE CONTROVERSIAL AMERICAN-MANUFACTURED M-16. HE WAS TOLD THE AUSTRALIANS LIKED THE LIGHT, RAPID FIRE WEAPONS. AMERICAN MARINES FIGHTING IN THE NORTHERN PROVINCES HAVE COMPLAINED THAT THE RIFLE HAS JAMMED WHEN IN CONSTANT USE BUT THE AUSTRALIANS SAY THEY HAVE HAD NO TROUBLE.

    THE MINISTER ALSO MET A TRACKER-DOG PATROL RETURNING TO BASE FROM AN OPERATION. THE BLACK LABRADORS HAVE BEEN USED EFFECTIVELY IN SEARCH AND DESTROY MISSIONS.

    MR. FRASER ENDED HIS TOUR OF THE HEADQUARTERS BY SAYING THE AUSTRALIANS WOULD REMAIN IN PHUOC TUY PROVINCE IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. TOO MUCH WORK WOULD BE LOST IF THEY WERE SWUNG INTO A TOUGHER COMBAT AREA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAYMGHIFK15L242Q4E75LJG7Y8
    Media URN:
    VLVAAYMGHIFK15L242Q4E75LJG7Y8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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