• Short Summary

    THE STRATEGIC BIEN HOA AIRBASE, ABOUT 12 MILES NORTHEAST OF SAIGON, WHERE THE BULK OF AUSTRALIAN TROOPS ARE STATIONED, WAS VISITED LAST WEEKEND BY DR.

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    THE STRATEGIC BIEN HOA AIRBASE, ABOUT 12 MILES NORTHEAST OF SAIGON, WHERE THE BULK OF AUSTRALIAN TROOPS ARE STATIONED, WAS VISITED LAST WEEKEND BY DR.A.J.FORBES, THE AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR STATE FOR THE ARMY.THE AIRBASE IS BEING DEFENDED AGAINST COMMUNIST VIETCONG ATTACK BY AUSTRALIAN AND UNITED STATES FORCES.

    DR.FORBES WHO WAS IN WAR-TORN SOUTH VIETNAM FOR FOUR DAYS, VISITED THE 1,100 AUSTRALIAN TROOPS FIGHTING IN THE COUNTRY.THESE INCLUDED THE SUPPLY AND TRANSPORT UNITS, AND 100 ADVISERS ATTACHED TO THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT FORCES.

    DR.FORBES WHO EARLIER HAD TALKS WITH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT LEADERS, WAS WELCOMED AT THE CAMP BY A GROUP OF AUSTRALIAN MILITARY OFFICERS.THE TOUR OF THE CAMP TOOK HIM TO A MAKESHIFT KITCHEN EQUIPPED WITH MODERN COOKING APPLIANCES.MANY BARE-BODIED AUSTRALIAN SOLDIERS WHO WERE ON GUARD DUTY HAD IMPROMPTU TALKS WITH THE VISITOR.

    DR.FORBES IS ON A TOUR OF AREAS OF SOUTH EAST ASIA WHERE AUSTRALIAN TROOPS ARE STATIONED.

    THE TOUR OF THE CAMP LASTED FOR ABOUT ONE HOUR.DURING THAT TIME DR.FORBES WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE STUDIED THE QUESTION OF ACTIVE ALLOWANCE FOR THE TROOPS.THE QUESTION AROSE WHEN THE TROOPS FELT THAT THEY WERE GETTING LESS THAN THEIR FELLOW COLLEAGUES FIGHTING IN MALAYSIA.

    STRICT SECURITY PRECAUTIONS WERE TAKEN DURING THE TOUR.DR.FORBES ALSO LISTENED IN TO ONE OF THE DAILY BRIEFING OF TROOPS AND WITNESSED THEIR DAILY ACTIVITIES WHICH INCLUDED THE POLISHING OF BOOTS.DR.FORBES WHO WAS BRIEFED ON THE LATEST MOVEMENTS OF VIETCONG IN AND AROUND THE AIRBASE AND THE GENERAL SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY, SAW THE UP-TO-DATE DEFENCE TACTICS OF THE TROOPS BEHIND THE PERIMETER FENCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEBRHYG7WPNTNBDGLJ88NHVUE
    Media URN:
    VLVAEBRHYG7WPNTNBDGLJ88NHVUE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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