Troops of 5RAR (5th Royal Australian Regiment ) move through a banana plantation during the final stage of Operation Hardihood in May, 1966. During Hardihood, Nui Dat and the surrounding area were secured and the various tasks associated with planning and establishing a new task force base in Phuoc Tuy province completed.
Bodies of Vietnamese Army Troops Laid Out in an Open Area to be Checked for Documents Before Burial
The bodies of North Vietnamese Army troops who attempted to hold the rubber plantation village of Binh Ba, are laid out in an open area so they can be checked for documents before burial. In the foreground are some of the Australian troops who fought in the battle, June 1969.
Vietnam Sniper - George "Ben" Norman in a rubber tree plantation in Vietnam: "I haven't shaved in 3 weeks, had a shower or a change of clothes. I smell so bad the flies won't land on me. Every scratch and mosquito bite is infected and I have ring worm everywhere my ruck sack and clothes rub my body. I have leeches attached to my skin, dysentery and I have had to brush mosquitoes off muddy bomb craters to re-fill my canteens for drinking water. I am truly a "mad dog animal at this point", ready to kill! Before I arrived in Vietnam I weighed between 165-170 lbs... after returning from the field I weighed 138lbs! 25th Infantry Division 1970-1971. Whatever conflict or war you may have served in, the average citizen has no idea what an infantry soldier truly has to endure!!! This is why the infantry brotherhood is so strong because... we know! Photo by Ben Norman.
Pavilion over looking tennis courts - Michellin rubber plantation. Photo by David Adams, a Cobra pilot in the gun group during the years 1970-1971 with the Scout Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin. http://www.dtroop.com/