Anzac Battalion Members Instructing Troops from the ARVN
Members of the Anzac ( Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) battalion, 6RAR/NZ (ANZAC) instructing troops from the 3/43 Battalion, 18th Division of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), on the loading of an M79 grenade launcher at Horseshoe Hill, near Nui Dat, September 1969.
Two Members of V-Company Use Smoke to Signal Location of Wounded During Operation Coburg
Preparing for a casualty evacuation, two members of V-Company, a New Zealand component of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Battalion, use smoke to signal the location of men wounded during Operation Coburg to a dustoff helicopter. Coburg took place in the border area of Bien Hoa and Long Khanh provinces, to the north-west of Phuoc Tuy. In the foreground is Corporal W. Vautier, of the ANZAC Battalion. February 1968. Vietnam Veteran comment: "I used to go down to the field hospital, this was at Vung Tau, and some of the fellows down there. They really would have been better off dead. It was an ironic tragedy, if that's not a tautology, that they could rescue people that had been badly wounded and have them on the operating theatre within twenty minutes of being hit. Now most of those blokes would have died, in any other conflict. They wouldn't have survived… There were some terribly wounded blokes." Photo by Keith Williams.
John Swayze, ANZAC Infantry group, with a Porter, a powerful tool to locate exact locations of Viet Cong units when they keyed their transmitter. Picture taken at Luscombe field, Nui Dat. Photo by Dave Breisch.
These men of 2RAR/NZ (Anzac) grab the chance to rest before embarking on an operation in July 1967. Once they reach their operational area the possibility of combat is ever present and opportunities to relax few and far between.
New Zealand Beret From Whiskey Company at Nui Dat Infantry Base Camp
The Aussie and New Zealand forces called ANZAC operated from their Nui Dat infantry Base Camp called Nui Dat in Phouc Tuy Province southeast of Saigon down highway 15 past Bear Cat. I was part of a Support detachment of ASA Intel troops providing DF and Signal intercept of VC activities from 68-69. I worked with Whiskey Company of the small NZ component quite often. That is a Kiwi beret from them. We had some unusual weapons at times but used the FN SLR most often. That is pictured here. Photo by Dave Breisch