• Short Summary

    AWAY FROM THE FRONTLINE BATTLES OF THE CONFRONTATION WAR, MALAYSIAN TROOPS STILL HUNT THE REMNANTS OF THE COMMUNIST GUERRILLA ARMY WHICH PLUNGED MALAYA INTO A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR TWELVE YEARS UNTIL 1960.

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    AWAY FROM THE FRONTLINE BATTLES OF THE CONFRONTATION WAR, MALAYSIAN TROOPS STILL HUNT THE REMNANTS OF THE COMMUNIST GUERRILLA ARMY WHICH PLUNGED MALAYA INTO A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR TWELVE YEARS UNTIL 1960.

    THE COMMUNISTS, NOW ABOUT SIX HUNDRED STRONG, STILL PROWL ALONG THE HEAVILY JUNGLED THAI-MALAYAN BORDER AND THE SEARCH FOR THEM IS UNCEASING AND RUGGED.

    CURRENTLY, THE MALAYSIAN RANGERS, A UNIT FORMED IN SARAWAK ARE AMONG THE SEARCH FORCE ALONG THE BORDER AND HELICOPTERS OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE ARE USED IN CLOSE SUPPORT.

    THIS COMMONWEALTH CO-OPERATION WAS DEMONSTRATED IN A TYPICAL WAY RECENTLY, WHEN A RANGER PATROL WAS LIFTED BY RAAF HELICOPTER INTO A REMOTE AREA WHERE THE COMMUNISTS WERE THOUGHT TO BE OPERATING. THE IROQUOIS, ONE OF A SQUADRON BASED AT BUTTERWORTH, IN NORTHERN MALAYA, LANDED THE TROOPS IN A JUNGLE CLEARING. ABOARD WITH THEM WAS TRAINED TRACKER DOG.

    THE RANGERS DASHED FROM THE HELICOPTER AND WITHIN MINUTES WERE SUBMERGED IN DEEP, SWAMPY UNDERGROWTH.

    THEIR SILENT SEARCH WAS CARRIED OUT WITH HAND SIGNALS FROM PLATOON LEADERS AND CAUTIOUS MOVEMENT THROUGH THE HEAVY JUNGLE.

    THE PATROL WAS FRUITLESS, LIKE MANY IN THIS FRUSTRATING "LITTLE WAR" AND ONCE AGAIN THE HELICOPTER APPEARED TO TAKE THE TROOPS BACK TO BASE.

    AT THE END OF THE DAY THE PILOT, FLIGHT LIEUTENANT H.S. "SANDY" REES, OF MOUNT PLEASANT, WEST AUSTRALIA, JOINED THE TROOPS -- SOME OF THEM DISPLAYING THEIR DYAK TRIBAL TATTOOS -- FOR A SMOKE AND YARN. THEN IT WAS BACK TO THE HELICOPTER AND THE FLIGHT HOME -- FOR THE MALAYSIANS IT WAS A BASE CAMP NEAR SIK, IN THE MALAYAN STATE OF KEDAH AND FOR FLIGHT LIEUTENANT THE RAAF BASE AT BUTTERWORTH.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADXLFBPY62QHJTA6D9MNCKF1C6
    Media URN:
    VLVADXLFBPY62QHJTA6D9MNCKF1C6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/06/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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