By Gary McKay
A traveller's consultant to the Australian battlefields and cemeteries in Viet Nam written for individuals truly holidaying in Viet Nam in addition to the "wannabes" who imagine they may visit Viet Nam.
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Extra resources for Australia's Battlefields in Viet Nam: A Traveller's Guide
Photography Some old military bases are now resident Army, Navy or Air Force installations. Always check before taking a photograph—or be prepared to have the film taken out of your camera (at the very least). There are normally signs warning of such a restriction, but be aware that it also applies at Tan Son Nhut airport where you cannot take shots inside the terminal if you’re facing towards the old airbase buildings. Driving Driving is best left to the locals: the traffic regulations (which are not always observed) make it a hazardous occupation at the best of times.
Lieutenant Colonel Preece decided that the enemy and the Special Sector headquarters were right underneath his battalion. He gave quick orders and formed a tight battalion perimeter, hoping the enemy would counterattack. Viet Cong individuals and groups inside this ‘human anthill’ popped up inside the battalion perimeter, from then on. This created all sorts of dramas including the danger of being killed by friendly fire and overshoots. By the end of day one, 1 RAR had suffered three soldiers killed and 15 wounded in action, plus three cases of severe battle shock when a booby trap of considerable size detonated right next to a group of soldiers.
The area’s flat terrain and gently rolling hills, used for rice paper production, were a deceptive cover for another, smaller but still very extensive, tunnel network. Battlefields pages 22/8/03 5:05 PM Page 33 1 RAR The 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, was the first infantry battalion to serve in Viet Nam following the Australian Government’s decision in 1965 to commit combat troops to the Allied forces. The Australian force comprised two companies (Bravo and Delta) of 1 RAR (infantry), an armoured personnel carrier unit from the 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse (later renamed 1 APC Troop), 105 Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery, and engineers from the 3rd Field Troop, Royal Australian Engineers.