• Short Summary

    THE MAIN BODY OF THE THIRD BATTALION, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT, ARRIVED IN KUCHING, THE SARAWAK CAPITAL YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) FROM SINGAPORE, ABOARD THE TROOPSHIP "AUBY".

  • Description

    THE MAIN BODY OF THE THIRD BATTALION, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT, ARRIVED IN KUCHING, THE SARAWAK CAPITAL YESTERDAY (TUESDAY) FROM SINGAPORE, ABOARD THE TROOPSHIP "AUBY". AS THE SHIP STEAMED INTO THE HARBOUR, THE 300 TROOPS HAD THEIR FIRST GLIMPSE OF THE FAMOUS BYAK LONGHOUSES.

    THEY WILL TAKE UP THEIR POST ALONG THE SARAWAK-INDONESIAN BORDER TO FACE THE OCCASIONAL INCURSIONS BY INDONESIAN TROOPS AND INSURGENTS. ThEY ARE REPLACING A BRITISH GURKHA BATTALION WHICH THIS MONTH AMBUSHED AND KILLED ABOUT 20 INDONESIANS.

    THE TROOPS WENT BY ROAD TO THE BATTALION CAMP FROM WHERE THEY WERE FLOWN BY HELICOPTER TO THE ALMOST IMPREGNABLE GREEN FORTRESS OF THE SARAWAK JUNGLE. THEY THEN TREKKED TO THE MILITARY POSTS DOTTED ALONG THE SOUTH WESTERN BORER TO BAU. IT IS IN BAU DISTRICT THAT THE INDONESIAN HAVE BEEN CONCENTRATING MOST OF THEIR BORDER ACTIVITY.

    IN BAU YESTERDAY, ONE AUSTRALIAN SOLDIER DIED AND TWO OTHERS WERE INJURED IN AN EXPLOSION CAUSE BY A LOBBY TRAP, BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN PLANTED BY INDONESIAN INFILTRATORS. ThEY WERE THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN CASUALTIES, AND WERE MEMBERS OF AN ALLIANCE PARTY OF THE REGIMENT, WHICH ARRIVED IN SARAWAK MORE THAN A WEEK AGO. ThEY WERE CLEARING A JUNGLE PATH WHEN THEY TOUCHED OFF THE EXPLOSIVE CHARGE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACNRRM0122CA3XMSCTO7Q7RHO5
    Media URN:
    VLVACNRRM0122CA3XMSCTO7Q7RHO5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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