Soldiers of the Royal New Zealand Army's 161st Artillery Battery provided fire support during a recent allied operation in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam.
Soldiers of the Royal New Zealand Army's 161st Artillery Battery provided fire support during a recent allied operation in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam. The objective of the combined operation was to locate and destroy Viet Cong supply caches and supply routes in the area.
Here, a U.S. Army "Chinook" helicopter lands to pick up elements of the 161st and transport the men and their weapons to a new location. Crates of ammunition and supplies are quickly loaded aboard the huge chopper by the New Zealand soldiers. Weapons, like this 105 howitzer being pushed aboard, were also moved by the huge choppers.
Shortly after arriving at the new operations site, a patrol is sent out to comb the area for Viet Cong activity. Here, they wade through swamps, mud and across streams to reach areas to be searched. The patrol locates evidence of Viet Cong activity and the communications man calls in artillery rounds on the enemy position.
Soldiers of the 161st waste no time in preparing their howitzers and throwing rounds into the areas being used as base camps and supply routes by the Viet Cong.
Film release from the Department of Defense: 90 feet of 16mm processed negative silent film of New Zealand unit giving fire support in Vietnam.