• Short Summary

    SYNOPSIS:The biggest joint Army RAAF exercise "Operations Skyhigh", in ever held in peacetime is underway in the heart of the Great 4 Dividing Range, north west of Sydney.

  • Description

    SYNOPSIS:The biggest joint Army RAAF exercise "Operations Skyhigh", in ever held in peacetime is underway in the heart of the Great 4 Dividing Range, north west of Sydney.

    Men of the Special Air Service company from Western Australia men off trucks are mounting an attack on an airfield.Before the dawn attack, the airfield had been bombed and strafed by Canberra bombers 15 and Sabre fighters.

    The enemy are the second battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, was soldier to earth 24 1/2 The S.A.S.men clear them from the strip as reinforcements arrive.

    This was the first engagement in the exercise, which involves about seven thousand troops.The airfield is vital for the attacking forces, who must rely heavily on air supply in the 38 rugged terrain over which the exercise is being fought.

    The one thousand "enemy" troops have built camps and supply and arms caches in the area.The purpose of the exercise is to give the troops experience in anti guerilla warfare.Once the enemy had been flushed from the bush surrounding the strip the S.A.S men began clearing the airstrip of logs adn obstacles.They had to watch out for booby traps.

    Helicopters paved the way for the next stage of Operation Skyhigh.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD6CZ0XDRAWE1ED4OXD8HQGUZM
    Media URN:
    VLVAD6CZ0XDRAWE1ED4OXD8HQGUZM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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