‘Sailor and his girl, Kings Cross 1970-71’ ‘Golden Orchid, Kings Cross 1970-71’ Seeking respite from a brutal war, many United States servicemen chose to spend their precious seven days of rest and recreation (R&R) in Australia. This, in many cases, meant Sydney’s Kings Cross. These candid shots show American servicemen enjoying their few days of leisure in one of Australia’s most notorious red light districts. Some wait outside strip clubs keen to enjoy the sexual services for which the Cross was becoming famous, others are engaged in more innocent pursuits, shopping for souvenirs or just hanging about the streets. Photographer Rennie Ellis took this picture during the final six months of the R&R scheme in 1970–71.
ARVN Soldiers Take an Earned Break on the Roadside
ARVN soldiers take an earned break on the roadside following fierce fighting in the Tan Son Nhut area after securing objective. The engagement began as Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers attacked the capital city during the festive TET holiday period.
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.