To Thi Nau, (aka Minh Hoang), a 23-year-old Viet Cong woman captured with a radio in the Nui Dinh Hills west of Nui Dat on 24 October 1966. To was subsequently proven to be a National Liberation Front cadre active in propaganda, indoctrination and intelligence gathering. She was interrogated in a tent at the 1st Australian Task Force Base (1ATF) for approximately 30 minutes on 27 October 1966 before being handed over to Republic of Vietnam (RVN) authorities. "There was much controversy over an alleged 'water torture' incident during her interrogation by a warrant officer from Detachment 1 Division Intelligence Unit who threatened to give her the 'water treatment’, poured water into her mouth and forced her to swallow about a cup-full before other officers intervened." -Vietnam Veteran.
A wrecked and burned out M113A1 armoured personnel carrier (APC) of A Squadron, 3 Cavalry Regiment, stands on a bare patch of ground at the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) base. The APC was hit by three recoilless rifle rounds during Operation Bribie in the Light Green on 17 February 1967. One round killed the driver, Trooper Vic Pomroy, and wounded the crew commander, Corporal Geoff Strachan. After it was struck, Australian soldiers set the APC alight to prevent the Viet Cong from salvaging it for their own use. It was brought back to the 1ATF base the next day. 18 February 1967.
42nd US Artillery Which was Temporarily Based at Nui Dat in Support of the Australian Task Force
What??? Gunner (Gnr) Mervyn Bignall 107th Field battery of NSW (in the foreground) during a visit to C Battery, 5th/42nd US Artillery which was temporarily based at Nui Dat in support of the Australian Task Force, January 1971.
Members of 1 ATF (Australian Task Force) close in on a known Viet Cong house during Operation New Life, December 1965. The Australians discovered two Viet Cong who were later identified by local villagers.
Bulldozer to Begin a Shift During the Land Clearing Team's Operation Lyrebird in Phuoc Tuy Province
Sapper Ken Lowdon of Vic climbs onto his bulldozer to begin a shift during the land clearing team's Operation Lyrebird in Phuoc Tuy Province. Members of the 1st Field Squadron and the 17th Construction Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers (RAE), were involved in the operation to clear trails through 30 kilometres of thickly jungled foothills of the Nui Dinh, Nui Thi and Nui Thi Vai hills, a few kilometres west of the 1st Australian Task Force Base at Nui Dat, 1968.