E-Troop 17th Cavalry, LZ Uplift.It was the base of operations for the 1st Bn 69th Armor. It was also home to an artillery battery and a battalion of the 1/503rd of the 173rd Airborne. There was a Duster battery from the 4th/60th Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) located here as well as artillery from the 7th/15th Artillery, and the 7th/13th Artillery., Jan/Feb of 1970. Photo by Jerry W. Colwell
D-17 Calvary 199th APC (armored personnel carrier) hit by an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) during Tet '68 north of Ho Nai village. For the next several days, all of the Brigade’s attached units were engaged in heavy combat across the Saigon/Long Binh/Bien Hoa area. As the 199th was the only major reaction force in and around Saigon during the first days of Tet, they were charged with clearing the infamous Cholon district of Saigon. The Redcatchers, mostly from the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry, who were used to jungle fighting, became experts in urban warfare within minutes. This style of fighting quickly became similar in nature to what their fathers and uncles had to endure while clearing Germany in the closing months of World War II. Photo restored by Dan Fox.
Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and Armored Corps personnel work together on the repair and maintenance of an APC. Supporting Armour - Engineers: Engineers carried many responsibilities in Vietnam, among them the construction of roads, water supply and reticulation, civil aid projects that could include building schools, installing windmills and maintaining roads and bridges, many of which were destroyed by the enemy more than once during the war. One of their more hazardous tasks, however, was mine clearing. These hidden weapons were the cause of many Australian casualties in Vietnam and armored vehicles were particularly vulnerable. The danger grew as the war went on and on occasions such as Operation Renmark in February 1967 the havoc that mines could wreak was made tragically clear. To counter the threat mini-teams from the Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) were allocated to armored troops on operations. These men had a particularly dangerous duty, sitting on the front of an armored vehicle looking out for signs of mines which, if they were located, then entailed the nerve-wracking task of defusing any anti-lift devices and neutralizing the mine. Also vital to the successful prosecution of armored operations was the work of the Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME). While crews were able to carry out certain essential maintenance tasks in the field, RAEME personnel were the mainstay of vehicle repair, they kept the armored vehicles operational. RAEME sub-units operated as part of a Royal Australian Armored Corps Regiment of Squadron and were known as Light Aid Detachments (LADs). LADs included those in the main support section that generally worked at the Task Force Base and sections allocated to each armored troop. Each LAD was under the command of an Artificer Sergeant Major who would also advise armored personnel on repairs and maintenance schedules and would also supervise the work of tradesmen. Repairs were often carried out in the field under all manner of conditions and in a wide range of environments. Being in the field meant that RAEME personnel were just as likely as any soldier in the combat arms to encounter the enemy and in addition to working on all types of vehicles, not just armor, they too had to be ready to engage the enemy should the need arise. At times some of their number volunteered to replace wounded crew members so that vehicles could get back into action quickly. To carry out their repair work LADs employed a variety of tools including specially modified APCs equipped with cranes, welding equipment and storage space in which spare parts were carried to avoid having to wait for much needed items to be brought to vehicles in the field. Heavier items were commonly brought to the site of break-downs or repairs by helicopter. Speed was often of the essence, as a disabled armored vehicle offered a tempting target for the enemy.
US Army 9th Division Convoy Passes Private Ian Male
A US Army 9th Division convoy passes Private Ian Male, B Company, 6RAR, on South Vietnam’s Route 15 in January 1967. The highway, linking Saigon to Vung Tau, was a vital transport link for US forces. Members of 6RAR and the 1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron, Royal Australian Armoured Corps, provided protection from Viet Cong attack for the 9th Division convoys.
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.
An M113 Armored Personnel Carrier Follows a Centurion Tank Through Thick Undergrowth
An M113 armored personnel carrier (APC) follows a Centurion tank through thick scrub. Fitted with a turret, this APC is also armed with twin .30 inch machine guns. The crew commander has an M79 grenade launcher close to hand and smoke canisters are at the ready attached to the outside of the turret.
Military Police (MP) Platoon, LZ (Landing Zone) English. "61st Assault Helicopter Company (AHC) is above the bunker/bar and the showers. "We always received the long shots when Charlie was trying to hit the chopper pad. V-100's in the foreground." -Jerry W. Colwell. Photo by Jerry W. Colwell.