• Short Summary

    AUSTRALIA'S ARMED STRENGTH GOES ON TRIAL IN OPERATION LONGSHOT. IT'S THE BIGGEST SERVICES EXERCISE SINCE?

  • Description

    1.
    BARGE DISGORGES TROOPS
    3 ft

    2.
    WAR-LIKE SHOT TROOPS SHIP
    4 1/2 ft

    3.
    FRONT END EVADER
    8 ft

    4.
    HERCULES IN
    11 ft

    5.
    PROPELLOR STOPS
    13 ft

    6.
    ARMOURED CAR OUT OF HERCULES
    19 ft

    7.
    TROOPS OUT
    22 ft

    8.
    LINE OF LAND ROVERS
    25 ft

    9.
    TANK INTO BUSH
    27 ft

    10.
    BUSH TRACK
    30 ft

    11.
    ENEMY WARRIOR LIFTS RIFLE
    33 ft

    12.
    OVER RIFLE SHOT
    35 1/2 ft

    13.
    TROOPS RUN PAST
    37 1/2 ft

    14.
    ARMOURED CAR TOWARDS
    39 ft

    15.
    TROOPS OUT OF DITTO
    41 1/2 ft

    16.
    TENT AMBULANCE
    44 1/2 ft

    17.
    NURSES
    46 1/2 ft

    18.
    NURSES INTO TENT
    48 1/2 ft

    19.
    INTERIOR TENT
    51 1/2 ft

    20.
    DUCK INTO WATER
    56 1/2 ft

    21.
    PAN OF SHIP
    60 1/2 ft

    22.
    OFFICERS CIVILIAN OBSERVER
    62 ft

    23.
    SHIPS
    63 ft

    24.
    PAN ON DECK SUPPLIES
    67 ft

    25.
    DUCK THROUGH WATER
    69 ft



    Initials CAR/S/MK/YA/RBI



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: AUSTRALIA'S ARMED STRENGTH GOES ON TRIAL IN OPERATION LONGSHOT. IT'S THE BIGGEST SERVICES EXERCISE SINCE WORLD WAR TWO.

    THE ARMY, NAVY AND AIR FORCE UNITS FROM ALL STATES TOOK PART IN THE EXERCISE, HELD AT JERVIS BAY, ON THE SOUTH COAST OF NEW SOUTH WALES.

    MONTHS OF PLANNING HAD GONE INTO MOBILISING NEARLY TWO THOUSAND VEHICLES AND SIX-THOUSAND MEMBER OF THE THREE ARMED SERVICES. THEY WERE TO FIGHT A MOCK BATTLE UNDER CONDITIONS SIMILAR TO SOUTH-EAST ASIA.

    MISSING FROM THE OPERATION WAS THE TROPICAL HEAT OF SOUTH-EAST ASIA, BUT IN THE DENSE BUSH, ENEMY SNIPERS LAID IN WAIT FOR UNSUSPECTING MOBILE PATROLS.

    EVEN A FULL SCALE TENT HOSPITAL, CAPABLE OF HANDLING MAJOR SURGERY, WAS INSTALLED AS PART OF THE OPERATION. THERE WERE NO BATTLE CASUALTIES AS SUCH, BUT PLENTY OF ACCIDENT VICTIMS AND GENERAL SICKNESS TO FILL THE HOSPITAL'S 50 BEDS.

    ARMY DUCKS AND OTHER AMPHIBIOUS LANDING CRAFT KEPT THE SUPPLY LINES OPEN, WHILE A SO-CALLED "ENEMY" FORCE OF 300 MEN LAUNCHED A SERIES OF HIT-RUN ATTACKS ON THE INVADERS. THE ARMY MINISTER, DOCTOR FORBES, HEADED OFFICIAL OBSERVERS DURING THE MANOEUVRES. HE KEPT A CLOSE CHECK ON THE MANY PHASES OF OPERATION LONGSHOT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAHQJASKB792C4LPQ4KJD5KONG
    Media URN:
    VLVAHQJASKB792C4LPQ4KJD5KONG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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