• Short Summary

    THE BRITISH-TRAINED FIRST SARAWAK RANGERS HAVE FOR THE FIRST TIME GONE INTO ACTION AGAINST THE INDONESIANS IN LUBOK ANTU, ABOUT 130 MILES (208 KMS) SOUTH-EAST OF KUCHING.

  • Description

    THE BRITISH-TRAINED FIRST SARAWAK RANGERS HAVE FOR THE FIRST TIME GONE INTO ACTION AGAINST THE INDONESIANS IN LUBOK ANTU, ABOUT 130 MILES (208 KMS) SOUTH-EAST OF KUCHING. THEY HAVE ESTABLISHED A HILLTOP FORWARD POSITION FROM WHICH ROCKETS AND MORTARS ARE FIRED AT INDONESIAN FORCES CROSSING THE NEARBY BORDER.

    THE FIRST SARAWAK RANGERS HAVE BEEN TRAINED AND EQUIPPED BY BRITAIN FOR MALAYSIA UNDER THE TERMS OF THE DEFENCE TREATY BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. MOST OF THE BATTALION-STRENGTH RANGERS ARE DYAKS, WITH BRITISH OFFICERS COMMANDING THEM, WHILE LOCAL OFFICERS ARE TRAINED IN COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES.

    THE DYAKS, UNTIL RECENTLY A BORNEO TRIBE OF HEAD-HUNTERS, ARE CRACK TRACKERS AND JUNGLE FIGHTERS. ALL BRITISH ARMY BATTALIONS BASED IN MALAYSIA USE THE DYAKS' INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR JUNGLE HOMELAND.

    WHILE THE RANGERS, WHO HAD THEIR FIRST ENCOUNTER WITH INDONESIANS RECENTLY, HOLD THEIR FORWARD POSITION, THEY ALSO PATROL RIVERS IN LONGBOATS POWERED BY OUTBOARD MOTORS. MANY OF SARAWAK'S RIVERS FLOW INTO INDONESIA, AND GIVE ACCESS TO MALAYSIAN TERRITORY. THE LONGBOATS ARE ARMED WITH MACHINE-GUNS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF07APWT1MAMA3OWV6CH1RPLRC
    Media URN:
    VLVAF07APWT1MAMA3OWV6CH1RPLRC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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