PART 8 – FILMS

This Part includes celluloid 8mm, 16mm, 35 mm and (more recently) digital recordings that result in a “film” which can be viewed when projected onto a screen, or subsequently converted to digital format and able to be accessed via TV or computer-supported device. Some will actually be stored on a DVD or capable of retrieval via modalities such as digital-to-air “films” eg Netflix, YouTube etc . Many digital versions are now retrievable through Google and other search engines.

 

GENERAL

1 RAR Colours at Lavarack Barracks (F03723)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1979

16mm colour/silent film, 4mins 29 secs. Now digitised.

Shows the 1 RAR colours, after a parade including Septimus Tertius the mascot, being re-consecrated in the Chapel at Lavarack Barracks. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C235579

3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (Video portal)

3 RAR Association

A video media source compiled by members of the unit allowing further download of many films of 3 RAR. Includes CO newsletter and other material. Not a government site. Accessible at http://www.3rar.com.au/video.html

An Emphasis on training: an interview with Major-General T.F. Cape, CB, CBE, DSO (F04840)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1992

U-matic high band tape, colour, sound; 55 mins 51secs. Filmed by the Training Technology Unit Australian Army.

In the video interview with General. Cape the emphasis is on training prior to, during and post-World War Two. The interview follows his career including his appointment as Commandant, OCS Portsea. He graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in December 1937 to the Royal Australian Artillery. Between 1938 and 1940 he held regimental appointments with coastal defence units in Sydney and Port Moresby, where he helped to establish the 13th Heavy Battery. In 1941 he was posted as the founding Senior Instructor of the Anti-Tank Wing, School of Artillery, Puckapunyal. He saw active service in February 1942 when posted as the Brigade Major of Sparrow Force on Timor. Later he served as a Grade One Staff Officers (Air), in New Guinea and Morotai. After World War II, Cape held appointments as: an instructor at the British Army Staff College, Camberley, Commandant, Officer Cadet School, Portsea; and as Commandant, Staff College, Queenscliff. Cape retired from the Army in 1972 as Master General of the Ordnance. Refers to training of officer/staff cadets including those destined for the RAR. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C299663

Applied Marksmanship Practice

HQ Training Command (Army), Sydney, 1985

U-Matic high band videotape, colour, and sound; 14 mins. Since digitised.

Footage shot by the Army Audio Visual Unit commanded by MAJ Dennis Coffey.

A narrative and training job aid produced for units to use to better prepare soldiers of all Corps and ranks when attempting to qualify for the Army Marksman badge (same was used by RAN and RAAF for their equivalents). Widely used by all RAR units, and features RAR troops in the footage; produced by (then) Major Russell Linwood, RAR.

Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM 85)

TRAM Broadcasting, Sydney, 1985

U-Matic high band videotape, colour and sound; 14 mins. Since digitised.

Footage shot by the Army Audio Visual Unit commanded by MAJ Dennis Coffey.

A narrative and training job aid produced for units to prepare for competition in the Australian Army Skill at Arms Meeting (AASAM) military weapon competition that started in 1984 and was still conducted in 2021 as the premier small arms shooting competition for the ADF and internationally. Shows RAR troops in the scenes; produced by (then) Major Russell Linwood, RAR. AASAM was chaired almost entirely by RAR officer LTCOL Rex Wigney (Retd).

Australians remember (F10220)

Headquarters Training Command, Sydney, date unknown

16mm film, Colour and black and white, possibly also digitised.

Depicts Australia’s role in the two World Wars, Korean and Vietnam war. Uses archival footage as well as footage of exhibitions at the Australian War Memorial. Available through some ADF library outlets.

Blueprint for Drill

Film Australia, Sydney, 1983

Colour, sound; 30 minutes; available in 1/2” VHS tape, 16mm film and now digitised.

A video in the Army Instructor Training Series created during the 1980s by Doctrine Branch HQ Training Command, this was filmed at 1st Recruit Training Battalion using RAR staff and Army recruits, some of whom went on to join the ranks of the RAR. Project Officer and instructional designer/subject matter expert was (then) Major Bob Breen, RAR.

Blueprint for Fieldcraft Instruction

Film Australia, Sydney, 1985

Colour, sound; 30 minutes; available in 1/2” VHS tape, 16mm film and now digitised.

A video in the Army Instructor Training Series created during the 1980s by Doctrine Branch HQ Training Command, this was filmed at the Infantry Centre using RAR staff and Infantry recruits who went on to join the ranks of the RAR. Project Officer and instructional designer/subject matter expert was (then) Major Russell Linwood, RAR.

Blueprint for Weapon Training

Film Australia, Sydney, 1984

Colour, sound; 30 minutes; originally available in 1/2” VHS tape, 16mm film and now digitised.

A video in the Army Instructor Training Series created during the 1980s by Doctrine Branch HQ Training Command, this was filmed at 1st Recruit Training Battalion using RAR staff and Army recruits, some of whom went on to join the ranks of the RAR. Project Officer and instructional designer/subject matter expert was (then) Major Bob Breen, RAR.

Canungra: where professionals are made (F10268)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1973

23 mins 14 secs.

DPR 220 training films showing Coy 8 RAR undergoing Jungle Warfare training at Canungra. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNMWaUc-Jo0

Confusion at the face of battle: an interview with Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Daly KBE, CB, DSO (in retrospect (F04837)

 Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1992

U-matic, high band tape, sound; 57 mins 35 secs. Not known to be digitised product produced by the Training Technology Centre Australian Army.

This video is an oral that draws upon the command experiences from World War II and the Korean conflict of General Daly. Produced as part of the Training Command “Training for war” series of videos. The interviewer is Major John Butler a student of the 1992 Command and Staff College Queenscliff. The oral history examines the effect of confusion at the face of battle. The video provides thoughts on how best to reduce confusion. It also examines training methods at both the individual and collective level which can be used to counter it. The history covers unit operations at the tactical level and is based upon General Daly’s experiences as an Adjutant involved in the training of a unit to deploy overseas on operations, a Brigade Major during the defence of Tobruk, a Commanding Officer of an AIF battalion during the amphibious operations on Borneo in July 1945 and a Brigade Commander during the Korean war.

Firepower

HQ Training Command and Film Australia, Sydney, 2015

16mm Film, 52 minutes. Since also digitised to DVD.

A training film, Firepower includes a range of RAR personnel and the full array of weapons available to them, including other Arms, the RAN and RAAF as at 1985. Although obsolete today, it is available today through some Army training support channels, and from the RAR Association Bibliography Registrar. Marked RESTRICTED it is now declassified.

Mansford, AO – George Lyon – Brigadier

UNSW Canberra, 2004

Australians at War Film Archive

41 min 53 secs interview conducted on 15 Jul 04.

Brigadier Mansford (Warry George) rose from Private to his retirement rank, including service with 1RAR and 2 RAR, in Korea, Malaya and Vietnam (AATTV). Captures his life experiences up to that point. Accessible at https://australiansatwarfilmarchive.unsw.edu.au/archive/1768

Pacific Islands Regiment patrols remote area (F03880)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

silent/black and white 16 mm film; 7min 53 sec.

DPR/TV/623. Shows RAR officers/NCOs who were posted at the time to the PIR including 2nd  Lieutenants Harry Haneveld and Phillip Joyce, and WO2 Keith Payne on patrols in PNG. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C256009

Reflections on training and leadership: an interview with Lieutenant-Colonel Ben Dowd (F04842)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1992

109 min 12 sec, Colour/U-matic high band/sound, Training Technology Centre Australian Army.

This oral history focuses on the training O’Dowd underwent when he enlisted in 1939 and examines aspects of training during his career. Battlefield stress and leadership are also addressed. Lieutenant Colonel B.S. (Ben) O’Dowd, MBE (Ret’d) was born on 2 June 1918 in Perth Western Australia. Prior to his enlistment Lieutenant Colonel O’Dowd had worked a machinist and cook in Perth and “bogger” on the goldfields. He enlisted in the AIF on 7 November 1939. He was allocated to infantry and served with the 2/11th Battalion throughout World War II following which he joined the occupation forces in Japan. He qualified for a regular commission after attending RMC Duntroon, and joined 3 RAR in Japan at the outbreak of the Korean War.O’Dowd was promoted temporary major on 23 December 1950 and commanded “A’ Company at the battle of Kapyong. After the Korean War O’Dowd was posted to the British Jungle Training Centre at Kota-Tinggi, Malaysia as an instructor. Between courses, he went on patrol operations with British Gurkha, Fiji and Malayan forces. O’Dowd was Mentioned in Despatches by the British for distinguished service during these operations. Returning to Australia in November 1954, he was posted to Canungra and appointed Senior Instructor, Battle Wing. At the Jungle Training Centre he trained infantry battalions in jungle warfare for the Malayan Emergency. He was posted to Army Headquarters in 1957 and retired in June 1973.

RMC Class of 1969-1972

Produced by Rod M Allen, Fox Studios Australia

26.55 mins video including back and white and colour footage.

Features RMC Duntroon cadets in training, focussing on those who started officer training in 1969 and (most) graduating in 1972. Among them are many who went on to serve in the RAR.

Accessible at https://duntroonclassof1972.files.wordpress.com/2022/05/days-like-this.mp4

The 5/7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (Mechanised) Last Parade at Holsworthy

YouTube, film, 33mins 57 secs.

Last parade of the unit in its mechanised configuration, 2016. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cK9YYI9G1YA

The true-hearted soldier who stood up to his superiors to save his men

The Braved.

YouTube video; 9 mins 11 secs.

Combination of cartoons, still images and movie extracts published by ‘The Braved’.

Story of Warrant Class 2 Keith Payne, VC, AM covering his service in Korea, Malays and Vietnam and his experiences in Australia. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liUBN8eFql0

Trooping the colours Lavarack Barracks 1972 (F03722)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra,1972

16 mm/B &W/silent film; 4 mins 29 secs.

Film of the 1 RAR colours being trooped. Able to be ordered via https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C235576

JAPAN AND KOREA 1946-53

1 Battalion pre-embarkation parade, shipboard scenes, arrival in Korea (F07533)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1952

35mm Film, black and white, silent; 4 mins 34 secs. Now digitised.

Also listed as DPR/S/10, the film features a 1 RAR parade held in Japan on 28 March 1952, the Commander in Chief British Commonwealth Force Korea, 36 (VX38969) Lieutenant General William Bridgeford took the salute at the Battalion march past. At Kure Japan, part of the unit’s vehicles and troops were embarked on RASCV ‘Reginald Kerr’ (LST) and transported to Korea. This element of 1 RAR arrived at Ichon late on the night of 1 April 1952 and commenced unloading vehicles at 0800 next morning. Good scenes of live firing by battalion weapons at sea. Other identified personnel are: 1 RAR bandsmen Side Drummer 2/5088 Private R J Drinkwater, (bass Drummer unknown) & Side Drummer 2/3360 Private C H Parmenter. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F07533

1 Bn RAR memorial service at UN military cemetery Pusan, Korea 23 March 1953 (F07541)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1953

35mm black and white film, silent, 3 mins 47 secs. Now digitised.

Also coded DPR/S/17a, 17b, this film shows 1 RAR holding a Memorial Service at the United Nations Military Cemetery Pusan Korea on 23 March 1953 before returning to Australia after a tour of duty in Korea. On 24 March 1953,1 RAR embarked on the passenger liner ‘New Australia’ at Pusan for return to Australia via Kure Japan. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C190655

3 RAR Korea 1953-54 (F10868)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1953-54

8mm film, colour, silent, 32 mins.

Filmed by ex-Private Bruce Andrew Bicket during his service with 3 RAR September 1953 – November 1954. Very clear colour footage shows Australian accommodation and environmental conditions in which Australian and other forces worked. The film also captures routine activities such as a football game and a trip to town, and local people going about their daily work. Available at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F10868/

 

3rd Battalion in Korea, early shots (F07527)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1951

35 mm black and white film, silent, 6 mins 15 secs. Now digitised.

Also coded as PDR/S/1, this film provides general coverage of 3 RAR in the Kanp’a’ri area in 1951. Shows troops moving up to take up defence positions supported by Centurion tanks of British 8th Hussars and New Zealand artillery. Accessible at  https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F07527

34 Brigade training at Morotai (F07433)

Australian War Mmeorial, Cabnerra, 1945

35mm, b&w, 3 min 50 sec silent movie shot from 1 -7 December 1945; Cuffley, Leighton Edward (Cinematographer).

The 65th, 66th and 67th Battalions of the 34th Australian Infantry Brigade commence training in drill movements at Morotai prior to proceeding to Japan as an Occupation Force. Scenes of Australian Army Education Service Centre at Morotai with troops taking advantage of Rehabilitation Training courses. Also identified: SX6219 Captain G H Fawcett; Brigadier R H Nimmo.

A great tradition (F03618)

Department of the Army

35mm/b&w/silent, 10min 57 sec; Directorate of Public Relations, 1954.

A film tracing the- then- 9 year history of the 3rd Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment. Covers its formation in New Guinea as the 67 Bn in 1945, service with BCOF, action in Korea and return to Australia in 1954. Includes scenes of 3 RAR disembarking on its return in Brisbane. This was the first time that 3 RAR set foot in Australia since its formation. Also shows ceremonies and city marches in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Also mentions 2 RAR. Available at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C217958

A Hill in Korea

Wessex Films

81 minutes

A 1956 British war film based on Max Catto’s 1953 novel of the same name. Based on a true story involving 27th British InfantryBrigade that included 3 RAR at the time (1951).The original name was Hell in Korea, but was changed for distribution reasons, except in the U.S. It was directed by Julian Amyes and the producer was Anthony Squire.

Anzac Day Korea (F07540)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1955

35mm black and white film, silent, 1 mins 55 secs. Now digitised.

Also coded DPR/S/16, this film shows Australian and New Zealand troops taking part in an Anzac Day Memorial Parade in 1955. The parade was held in the camp of 1 RAR on the banks of the Imjin River, Korea.  Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C190654

Anzac parade 1948 and investiture (F07503)

Australian War Memorial , Canberra,  xxxx

35mm/b&w/silent, 6 min 18 sec; Cartledge, Ronald Selby (Cinematographer).

On Sunday 25 April 1948, a special parade was held in Anzac Park, Kure, Japan in memory of those who lost their lives in both World Wars. Representative forces from all national components and service branches of BCOF and American Military Government were reviewed by the Commander in Chief Lieutenant General H C H Robertson CBE DSO. A short ceremony was held during which the following personnel were invested. *Squadron Leader R T Susans DFC, OC 77 Fighter Squadron RAAF, BCAIR; +Sergeant (Sgt) R O McLaughlin DCM, 65th Australian Infantry Battalion; +Sgt J F Guerin DCM, 66th Australian Infantry Battalion; +Sgt H E Foley GM, 28th Australian Field Squadron; *Captain V H Gilchrist MM, HQ Signals Regiment; +Warrant Officer II F J Brown MM, 66th Australian Infantry Battalion; +Sgt J L Rose MM, 1st Australian Salvage Section; +Private A J Martin MM, 65th Australian Infantry Battalion. The band provided was from the 66th Australian Infantry Battalion. Parade Commander was Brigadier R N L Hopkins. (*Identified on film. +Identified by name only from BECON 26 April 1948).

Australian mortar unit in Korea, UN troops crossing river, Korea, NZ artillery battery in action (F07535)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1951

35mm black and white film, silent, 6 mins 12 secs. Now digitised.

Also coded DPR/S/11, this film shows a series of actions in Korea, including an Australian aboriginal soldier sighting mortar watched by other members of the mortar crew. New Zealand artillery forward observation post gathering information on enemy positions. Field HQ working out artillery plot. Field guns firing. This NZ artillery regiment was supporting the Australian component of UN in Korea. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C190649

Australians at War Film Archive (General)

UNSW Canberra

This online database provides access to audio-visual records of a range of individuals including RAR members who speak to their experiences. Some contain footage of action, others are the interviewed person’s ‘talking head’. This base page allows the selection of deployments starting with WW II and allow an enormous range of options. Researchers seeking RAR-specific matters can select that sub-option to narrow the search. Access http://australiansatwarfilmarchive.unsw.edu.au/aawfa/search Select a ‘theme” (a deployment) and then at the bottom in ‘keywords’ put in ‘RAR’. This opens up a world of RAR deployees in THAT particular war. Many are multiple deployees.

Australian troops march through Tokyo (F07455)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, xxxx

35mm, b&w, silent, 1 min 42 sec; O’Halloran, John Frederick M (Cinematographer).

A composite battalion drawn from 34th Australian Infantry Brigade was formed to take over guard duties at the Imperial Palace and other important buildings in Tokyo. The battalion was led by Lieutenant Colonel R H Marson DSO, CO 65th Australian Infantry Battalion. 7 May 1946-8 May 1946.

Battle of Kapyong Commemorative Parade and Task Force Taji – Five Farewell Parade 4 May 2017

3 RAR/Anonymous

YouTube -based film, 4minutes 6 seconds.

60th  anniversary of the Battle for Kapyong  . Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ejRU_0VAAY

Brigadier P J Greville CBE (Rtd) as Officer Commanding Assault Pioneer Platoon 1st Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) and a prisoner of war, Korea 1952-1953, interviewed by Colonel D A Chinn MBE (Rtd) (F04890)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1953

Colour, DVCAM, sound, 16 mins 13secs. Now digitised.

A video interview with Brigadier P J Greville CBE conducted at the AWM. Brigadier Greville speaks of his service background and experience, as well as training; the role of the Assault Pioneer Platoon in Korea during his period of command; the circumstances of his capture; his treatment as a POW; his attitude towards the Chinese Army’s lack of commitment to the terms of the Geneva Convention; the effect of Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett on POWs; the United Nations Command (UNC) alleged use of biological (germ) warfare against North Korea; his release and subsequent return to Australia; the physical and mental effects of incarceration and indoctrination on him and other prisoners of the Chinese Army during the war in Korea; his view of the use of POW re-education programs in general. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04890

Captured (F11538)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1955

16 mm black and white silent film, digitised status not yet identified.

This film is based on the experiences of members of the Commonwealth Contingent of the United Nations Forces, including RAR members, who were taken prisoner by the Communists during the Korean war. Shows many of the forms of ill treatment adopted by the Communists to “obtain confessions of war crimes” and military information. Available from the AWM.

DMZ 27 May 1994 (The Battle of Maryang San) (F04818)

Training Technology Centre Australian Army, Sydney, 1994

Betacam SP/b&w/sound, 7 minutes

Film about 3 RAR’s successful attack, rated to be the most outstanding single event carried out by Australians in the

Korean War. More detail is available at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04818/

For Korea. Anzacs are coming: first troops leave for Korea. Aussies arrive in Japan (Cinesound News No. 985) (F01992)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1950

35mm Film, black and white, silent; 7 mins. Now digitised.

Cinesound newsreel –1st item. For Korea: Australian Army trains in Japan. Hiro Japan 3 RAR HQ troops being kitted out with uniforms and tin hats. Jeeps and trailers the main method of transporting supplies in Korea. Troops march in Japanese countryside. Live firing of 3.5″ bazooka at 9″ nickel steel plate. Camouflaged troops in a field. Flame thrower demonstration. Narrator indicates that this proves the Australians are to be well equipped with modern weapons in Korea. Item ends with troops at bayonet practice. 2nd item. Anzacs are coming: first troops leave for Korea. Parade of Australian infantry at Ingleburn NSW. Close ups of soldiers including an Aboriginal. The narrator quotes Russian newspaper reports that Australians will not enlist for Korea. Embarkation of the first draft at Kingsford-Smith airport at night for Japan on a Skymaster aircraft. Sergeant J.R. Graham with his fiance. The Minister for Army Josiah Francis and Lieutenant-General Berryman were at the airport to see off the troops. For reasons of security only a few relatives were allowed at the airport. Speech by Prime Minister Menzies in which he stresses the close relationship Australia has with the United States. 3rd item. Aussies arrive in Japan. Scenes of the Skymaster landing. Wing Commander Spence of 77 Sqn RAAF was there to greet the men. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F01992

Guard of honour for General Blamey (F07508)

Australian War Memorial , Canberra, xxxx

35mm/b&w/silent, 2 min 46 secs; Military History Section BCOF (Cinematographer).

A Guard of Honour from the 65th Australian Infantry Battalion (BCOF) was formed at Kure, Japan on the 29 September 1948, on the arrival of General Sir T A Blamey GBE KCB CMG DSO ED. General Blamey inspected the Guard.

In a great tradition (3 RAR) (F11416)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1954

16mm black and white film, silent, 50 mins 39 secs. Now digitised.

Also coded DPR/S/44, this film covers the return of 3 RAR from Korea, showing the arrival and city marches in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F11416

 

Inspection of 34 Brigade and address by Lieutenant General Northcott, Commander in Chief Empire Occupation Force (F07442)

Australian War Memorial , Canberra, xxxx

35mm b&w silent movie, 2min 54 secs. Cuffley, Leighton Edward (Cinematographer).

On 23 December 1945, some 3,500 members of 34 Brigade paraded on Wama Airstrip, Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies for an inspection by Lieutenant General J. Northcott CB MVO; after listening to an address by General Northcott, the Brigade marched past the saluting base, the column being a mile in length and took three quarters of an hour to pass. Also identified: Brigadier R. H. Nimmo; Major General E. J. Milford CBE DSO. Some on parade went on to form the RAR.

Interview with Arthur Pembroke 9 Platoon ‘C’ Company 3 RAR  (The battle of Maryang San) (F04832)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1994

Betacam SP/colour/sound film, digitised status not confirmed, 34 mins 58 secs.

First-hand account of the 3 RAR battle from the perspective of Arthur Pembroke at the time of the battle. Digitised availability as advised by the AWM on application.

Interview with Company Sergeant Major Arthur Stanley CSM ‘C’ Company 3 RAR  (The battle of Maryang San) (F04831)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1994

Betacam SP/colour/sound film, digitised status not confirmed, 34 mins.

First-hand account of the 3 RAR battle from the perspective of Warrant Officer Stanley at the time of the battle. Digitised availability as advised by the AWM on application.

Interview with Laurie Clark 11 Platoon ‘D’ Company 3 RAR (The battle of Maryang San) (F04824)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1994

Betacam SP/colour/sound film, digitised status not confirmed, time unknown mins.

First-hand account of the 3 RAR battle from the perspective of Laurie Clark. Digitised availability as advised by the AWM on application.

Interview with 2/Lieutenant Kelley Griffiths Captain Troop Commander 163 Battalion 16 Field Regt RNZA (The battle of Maryang San) (F04835)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1994

Betacam SP/colour/sound film, digitised status not confirmed, 57 mins.

First-hand account of the 3 RAR battle from the perspective of artilleryman 2nd Lieutenant Griffiths, whose unit was in Direct Support of 3 RAR at the time of the battle. Digitised availability as advised by the AWM on application. Name of this movie is suspect, but its control number appears to be accurate.

Interview with Lieutenant Peter Scott Intelligence Officer 3RAR (the battle of Maryang San) (F04828)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1994

Betacam SP/colour/sound film, digitised status not confirmed, 30 mins.

First-hand account of the RAR battle from the perspective of (then) Lieutenant Scott. Basic information about the battle is accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/encyclopedia/korea/maryang_san. Digitised availability as advised by the AWM on application.

Interview with Major Jack Gerke OC ‘C’ Company 3 RAR (The battle of Maryang San) (F04823)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1994

Betacam SP/colour/sound film, digitised status not confirmed, time unknown mins.

First-hand account of the 3 RAR battle from the perspective of Major Gerke. Digitised availability as advised by the AWM on application.

Interview with (Platoon) Commander Jim Hughes 4 Platoon ‘B’ Company 3 RAR (The battle of Maryang San) (F04827)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1994

Betacam SP/colour/sound film, digitised status not confirmed, 26 mins.

First-hand account of the 3 RAR battle from the perspective of LT Hughes, a platoon commander at the time of the battle. Digitised availability as advised by the AWM on application.

Interview with (Platoon) Commander Jock McCormick OC Assault Pioneers (The battle of Maryang San) (F04829)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1994

Betacam SP/colour/sound film, digitised status not confirmed, 36 mins.

First-hand account of the 3 RAR battle from the perspective of LT McCormick, the Assault Pioneer platoon commander at the time of the battle. Digitised availability as advised by the AWM on application.

Interview with (Platoon) Commander Maurie Pears 7 Platoon ‘C’ Company 3 RAR (The battle of Maryang San) (F04826)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1994

Betacam SP/colour/sound film, digitised status not confirmed, 21 mins.

First-hand account of the 3 RAR battle from the perspective of LT Pears, a platoon commander at the time of the battle. Digitised availability as advised by the AWM on application.

Interview with Private Jim MacFadzean Signaller ‘C’ Company 3 RAR  (The battle of Maryang San) (F04830)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1994

Betacam SP/colour/sound film, digitised status not confirmed, length not identified.

First-hand account of the 3 RAR battle from the perspective of Private MacFadzean, a rifle company signaller at the time of the battle. Digitised availability as advised by the AWM on application.

Interview with Robert Parker as Private with 3rd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR) and a prisoner of war, Korea 1952-1953, interviewed by Bill Forgarty  (F04891)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2001

Betacam SP/colour/sound film, digitised status not confirmed, 34 mins, 23 secs.

Interview of Private Parker who was captured in Korea and spent the rest of the war as a POW. Digitised availability as advised by the AWM on application.

Interview with Sergeant Jack Morrison MMG Platoon 3 RAR (The battle of Maryang San)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1994

Betacam SP/colour/sound film now digitised, 15 mins.

First-hand account of the 3 RAR battle from the perspective of Morrison.  Basic information accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C299528. Digitised availability as advised by the AWM on application.

Interview with Sergeant Len Opie CSM ‘D’ Coy3 RAR (The battle of Maryang San) (F04819)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1994

Betacam SP/colour/sound film, digitised status not confirmed, time unknown mins.

First-hand account of the 3 RAR battle from the perspective of (then) Sergeant Opie, acting CSM. Digitised availability as advised by the AWM on application.

Interview with Sir Francis Hassett (the battle of Maryang San) (F04833)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1994

Betacam SP/colour/sound film, digitised status not confirmed, 112 mins.

First-hand account of the battle from the perspective of (then) Lieutenant Colonel Hassett, CO 3 RAR. Basic information about the battle is accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C299541. Digitised availability as advised by the AWM on application.

Interview with Sir William Keyes Adjutant Captain (the battle of Maryang San) (F04821)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1994

Betacam SP/colour/sound film, digitised status not confirmed, 30 mins.

First-hand account of the 3 RAR battle from the perspective of (then) Captain Keyes. Basic information accessible at

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C299529. Digitised availability as advised by the AWM on application.

John Brownbill’s story – near miss

Department of Veterans Affairs

YouTube 2mins 5 secs in the Anzacportal series.

Brownbill is interviewed about his experiences towards the ceasefire in Korea A shipping clerk before enlisting in Melbourne, John was selected for officer training and posted first to 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) in June 1952. He was sent to Japan, then in February 1953 was transferred to 3RAR which was fighting in Korea. There he commanded an infantry platoon in action in the region of Hill 355, Samichon Valley and the Kansas Line. Accessible at https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/stories-service/veterans-stories/john-brownbills-story

(Heroes of the Forgotten War: The Battle of Kapyong)

Arcimedia, 2001

53 min film directed and written by Dennis Smith.

Focuses on 3 RAR. Movie also available on line free at  https://www.primevideo.com/detail/0I5O47NI36N0YCPF28714UGF2P/ref=atv_dl_rdr?tag=imdbtag_tt_wbr_pvs_piv

Korea (F07532)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1951-53

32mm film, black and white, silent, 6 mins 41secs.

 Film (DPR/S/9) includes shots of Korean terrain; living conditions of 3 RAR; method of supply to 3 RAR by Korean carriers; illustrates the cold weather uniform as worn by Australian troops in Korea; camp conditions and amenities. Available at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C190647

Lieutenant General Robertson visits base units (F07470)

Australian War Memorial , War Memorial, xxx

35mm/b&w/silent, 3 min 32 sec; Cartledge, Ronald Selby (Cinematographer).

Accompanied by Brigadier (Brig) W Wilson, CO British Commonwealth Base, the Commander in Chief BCOF visited units under Base Command, meeting unit officers and inspecting the facilities in the area. Afterwards he continued his inspection at Hiro with Brig R N L Hopkins CBE, CO 34th Australian Infantry Brigade. He visited units in the following order, meeting the OC’s and making a brief inspection of the camp facilities. Also identified: VX45138 Lieutenant (Lt) W L Fisher, Adjutant of 1st Australian Armoured Car Squadron; Lt General Robertson; VX1350 Major (Maj) H S Harper; VX1238 Lt J C Morris, 28th Australian Field Company, RAE; OC Maj H T Hunt, RIE; Drum Major Sergeant Silk; Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) G E Colvin DSO; Brig A G Wilson, Commander British Commonwealth Base; NX76191 Maj J F Read, OC 41 Advanced Supply Depot; CO Lt Col D F Wiley, HQ Signals BCOF; NX34749 Colonel D R Cullen; NX145756 Sergeant E R McGinn at 1 Australian Area Workshops; NX45133 Lt Col J C Turner; NX10169 Maj R J McLachlan; QX41726 Captain (Capt) J W Keane, CO; NX125686 Lt J R Allen; 307578 Capt J W G Dodds, OC 362 PBS Platoon (RASC) Capt C E Robertson.

 

National Service Training (F07539)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1951

35mm black and white film, silent, 2 mins 25 secs. Now digitised.

Also coded DPR/S/15, this film shows the Minister for the Army, the Hon Josiah Francis, accompanied by GOC Southern Command, Lieutenant General H Wells, inspecting a parade of NCO’s and camp accommodation at Puckapunyal Victoria, in preparation for the first draft of National Servicemen in the Third National Service scheme. Created to supplement the Korean war numbers, this scheme generated many troops for the RAR. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C190653

One man’s war (F07543)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1951

35mm black and white film, sound, 10 mins 8 secs. Now digitised.

Also coded DPR/S/19, this film features Private Chris Jones of Adelaide SA and his service in Korea with 3 RAR. Covers his voluntary enlistment, departure from Kingsford-Smith airport and flight to Japan. Sightseeing in Tokyo including General MacArthur’s HQ and the Imperial Place. Scenes of Seoul, intercut with footage of earlier battles, and Korean peasants, the 38th Parallel and Imjin River area in summer 1953. Motor columns and troops of Commonwealth Division moving to forward area. Training dogs in mine detection. 25 pounder guns of the New Zealand Field Regiment. Scenes of 3 RAR HQ and supply dump. Life at the battalion’s forward positions. Shelling intercut with troops sheltering in dugouts. Mess parades. Casualty evacuation by US Sikorsky S-51 helicopter. Private Jones relaxing in his dugout listening to radio news from Australia. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F07543

‘One year in Korea’ 1950 – Korean War 70th Anniversary

Youtube video, black and white, 21 minutes

Produced by Reel Films, covers the first year of the Korean War which involved 3 RAR.

Release of Australian POWs by Communists at Punmunjom on Monday 20th April 1953 (F07522)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1953

16mm Film, Black and white, silent; 6 mins 54 secs. Now digitised.

The Australian group comprising Private’s Donnelly (1/400205) Davoren (2/401292), Mackay (5/400033), Davis (1/400481) and Brown (4/400163) were released at Panmunjom on 23 April 1953. Donnelly was captured on 14 January 1953. All had been wounded in the 3 RAR actions on those dates in the Majon’ni sector held by 28 British Commonwealth Brigade. Donnelly was a stretcher case and arrived in a helicopter, from Panmunjom. After being welcomed by General West and Brigadier Wilton they were processed then flown from Munsan’ni American MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) by helicopters. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C190638

Robert Parker as a Private with 3 RAR and a prisoner of war 1952-53 (F04981)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2001

Film, DVCAM, colour, 34 mins 23 secs

Interviewed at the AWM many years after the Korean War. Parker recalls the night of his capture, escaping, recapture, conditions whilst incarcerated including sustaining a skin infection, conditions at “Camp Five”, and meeting Wilfred Burchett who attempted to interview him.

Passage to Pusan

Korean Culture Centre Australia/Arirang TV

 YouTube,1 hr 19:46 mins.

A documentary produced in conjunction with K-workscreative, covering veterans and their descendants revisiting Kapyong, Korea on the 70th anniversary of the battle which included 3 RAR. 1 and 2 RAR are also honoured in the wider dedication, 340 Australians dying in the war. Author of the book, Louise Evans OAM features, as do many veterans, with Evans telling the story of the mother of SGT Vincent Healy, 3 RAR who went there after the war to locate her son’s grave.   See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UCPEByXGsw&feature=youtu.be

Second Battalion (2 RAR) marchout 1953 (F11480)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1953

9.5 mm black and white film, silent, 3 mins 0 secs. Now digitised.

Footage includes the marching of troops of E Company 14 Battalion at Puckapunyal, inspection of personnel by General Sir Horace Robertson and the Minister for the Army, Sir Josiah Francis and lines of 2 RAR soldiers. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F11480

Still photographs from the battle of Maryang San and Korea (F04834)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1994

Published by the AWM, filmed in 1994 by the Army Training Technology Unit and now available via YouTube. Black and white, silent, 14 mins.

A series of still photographs recorded in Betacam SP video format and now digitized.  Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roEmkyV042w

The Battle of Maryang San (F04836)

Training Technology Centre Australian Army, Sydney, 1994

Betacam SP/Colour/sound; 64 minutes.

Presenter Steve Bisley addresses this 3 RAR battle. In early October 1951, 3RAR, in conjunction with British Commonwealth troops, attacked a group of hills near the Imjin River. The attack was named after the biggest of these hills and became known as the battle for Maryang San or “Operation Commando”. More information is at https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/encyclopedia/korea/maryang_san . Movie available at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C299544

The diplomats talk on the Korean war and peace- Part 1

YouTube, 54 mins 51 secs.

Arirang Issue production

Documentary about the allied forces serving under the UN banner in the Korean War. Images and description of the Australian commitment are included. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9sGEdA95xc&feature=youtu.be. Australian War Memorial assisted with its production.

UN invasion traps Reds in Korea. 2 UN Allied Forces close giant trap on Korean Reds. 3. Orient at the crossroads (F03507)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1953

35mm Film, black and white, silent; 5 mins 51 secs. Not known to be digitised.

Extracts from three Movietone News newsreels on the war in Korea Sep to Oct 50.  Coverage of the landings at Inchon, Korea 15 September 1950 by the X US Corps. Shows the naval bombardment by rocket ships and battleships of Task Force 77. The landing by US marines. Fleeing Korean civilians and a UN refugee camp south of Taegu. Republic of Korea troops on the move. Taegu airfield and P-51 Mustang fighters. Kimpo airfield in UN hands. Major General Oliver Smith commanding 1st Marine Division plans advance on Seoul. Amtracks cross the Han River. US troops in action. North Korean POWs being fed rice. The citizens of Inchon begin rebuilding their city and receive rations from the UN Forces. USMC soldiers giving sweets to Korean children. Knocked out North Korean T-34 tanks. General Douglas MacArthur in the field. 1st US Cavalry Division enter Pyongyang 19 October 1950 and are hailed as liberators. North Korean troops held up in a train tunnel are attacked by US troops using a recoilless rifle. Commonwealth troops on the move with Bren gun carriers, including RAR troops.

SOUTH EAST ASIA 1950-current

(includes Malaya, Borneo, Singapore & Malaysia)

2 RAR Malaya/Major RJ Fletcher (F00264)

Private (Major RJ Fletcher), Malaya, 1957

8mm standard, colour, silent, 32 min 57 sec

Detail of what is on this compilation is at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F00264  as is the actual film including experiences such as 2 RAR Mortar Platoon NCOs being trained on 4.2 inch mortars at Ipoh. Identified 2 RAR members are Sgt D. Symons, 12706 Sgt Keith Henry Ewald (accidentally killed in ambush 31 January 1956) and Cpl M. Randall. 27 Feb 57 Air resupply, Support Coy by RAF Valetta aircraft and efforts to recover hung up parachute using Verey Pistol, Bren LMG.Sarawak Rangers (Ibans) climbing. Very Pistol and finally a demolition job. Scenes from observation tower showing a Ferret Scout Car, Armoured troop Carrier (Coffins), A guard of honour (Machine Gun platoon) Lieutenant AM Orr and Sergeant D Howells departing for the Official Opening of the new Engineers Road alongside camp. Kroh, ferret Scout car and aircraft movement, Auster, Westland Whirland and Sycamore helicopters. June 1957 Scenes at Kroh, Grik Road. Overhead tin mining cableway, also Lieutenant A.W. Campbell MC. Main road crossing Butterworth Air Base. 3 inch and 4.2 inch Mortars in action. September 1957 Minden barracks rehearsals, and embarking Penang for return to Australia.

2 RAR Malaya (F00264)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1955-57

8mm standard/colour (Kodachrome)/silent, 32 mins 57 secs

Compilation by Major RJ Fletcher of 2 RAR in Malaya 1955-57 conducting operations against the Communist Terrorists during the Malayan Emergency.

2nd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (F00227)

Defence Public Relations, Canungra QLD, 1955

16mm, colour, sound, 14 mins 37 secs

Shows the presentation ceremony of the Queen’s colours to 2 RAR on 2 Sep 55 at Brisbane by The Governor-General, Field Marshal Sir William Slim, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, GBE, DSO, MC, KstJ ; training for service in Malaya at the Jungle Warfare Training Centre, Canungra; city march by the battalion through Brisbane and departure for Malaya to join the Far East Strategic Reserve on the MV Georgic. Viewable at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1070707

3 RAR in Malaya and Borneo (F03640)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

Originally 8mm colour Kodachrome, silent, 13 min 22 secs.

The film comprises several reels of footage taken at Terendak and elsewhere in both countries. Details on the weblink.

Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F03640

3 RAR Malaysia  (F03636)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1966

16mm/b&w/silent film, 10 mins, 30sec.

A Defence Public Relations film which covers 3 RAR during Confrontation. Now available through the AWM. See  https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C218080

8 RAR arrival in Singapore (DPR/TV/73

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

Black and white, silent film, 4 minutes, 28 secs.

Despite the title, this film shows 8 RAR (group; more than 8 RAR deployed) arriving in Terendak to replace 4 RAR. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F03929

Aerial supply in Sarawak  (F03666)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

16mm/b&w/silent, 5 mins, 59 secs.

A Department of Public Relations film (DPR/TV/247) depicting 3 RAR patrolling on active service in forward positions near the Sarawak-Kalimantan border of Borneo. Includes air drops of supplies from RAF aircraft that became a lifeline between them and their supply depot in Kuching. See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C223140

Anniversary for the 4th (Battalion RAR) (F04627)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

16mm film, black and white, sound, approx 7 mins.

Presents 4 RAR in Malaysia (Terendak). Viewable at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C284110

Army Minister visits troops in Borneo (F03686)

Department of Veterans Affairs, Anzac Portal

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965 (copyright)

YouTube footage converted from 16mm black and white, silent, 3min 29 secs.

The film shows The Minister for the Army Dr A J Forbes, visiting 3 RAR in Sarawak. On arrival at Bau, the Minister was met by the CO 3 RAR, Lieutenant Colonel B A McDonald. Accessible at https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/resources/media/video/army-minister-visits-borneo-troops

Australian troops on exercise ‘Knuckle Down’ (F04431)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra,1970

16 mm/B&W/silent film; 4 mins 40 secs. Now digitized.

DPR/TV/1260

Film showing preparations for a five nation exercise, code-named Bersatu Padu, in Malaya for Singapore-based troops. Centred around movement, deployment and counter-revolutionary warfare techniques, the exercise commenced with the establishment of a fire support base from which 108 Field Battery provided support for the infantry phases of the exercises. Soldiers of 1 RAR, gunners of 108 Battery and sappers of 2nd Field Troop combined in the Kota Tinggi training area in southern Malaya. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C274397

Border Operation (F04625)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1961

16mm film, black and white, silent, 9 minutes

Covers 2 RAR in Malaysia during Thai border operations carried out against the Communist Terrorists. Now digitised and accessible at  https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04625/. Made by Defence Public Relations.

Brigadier Hassett 28 Brigade Malaysia (F03648)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1962

Originally 16mm black and white, sound 4 min 57 secs.

Also labelled DPR/TV/30 the film features Commander 28 Commonwealth Brigade being interviewed at Cananga about the role and composition of the brigade which was based at the time in Taiping, Malaysia, with https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C223122

Casualty of Malayan Emergency honoured at Duntroon

Department of Veterans Affairs, Canberra

YouTube, accessed 5 Feb 22

DVA video 2 mins 10 secs.

Commemorative service at Duntroon where a Portsea graduate, LT Clive Bridge of1 RAR, killed in action in Malaya, had his name added to the Honour Roll at that location. Several other RAR individual feature. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHotW6isXGw&t=13s

C Coy 1 RAR on exercise on Penang Island (F04478)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1970

Black and white film, digitised, 7 min 34 seconds.

Army film DPR/TV/1356, this footage shows 1 RAR coverage on Penang Island. Noteworthy is the absence of Blank Firing Attachments. At this time CTs were active on the mainland, with 1 RAR supplying RCBs to Air Base Butterworth. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ruxZLJt0xI

CGS in Borneo (F03670)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1962

Originally 16mm black and white, sound 4 min 57 secs.

Also labelled DPR/TV/30 the film shows the Australian Army’s Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Sir John Wilton, stopped over in Borneo to visit 3 RAR, which was patrolling the Kalimantan-Sarawak border. After examining an airstrip at Bau, Sir John flew by helicopter over the jungle and swamps to patrol bases near the border. At one of the patrol bases, Sir John was given an outline of base defenses and troop activities by company commander, Major Hughen Boyd, of Ivanhoe, Victoria. Digital version accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F03670

Fighting patrol (F03173)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

16mm/b&w/ film with sound, 3mins.

A Defence Public Relations short film (DPR130) on how Australian infantry patrols operated in Borneo during the Indonesian Confrontation. See  https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C191139. Clearly a fabricated training aid; possibly some sections are real.

Infantry Company sent to Butterworth airbase (F044471)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1970

Seven minute 16mm film (now also digitised); silent. Digital version also available from the AWM website. Enter film number into Search engine.

From ship to shore (F04668)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

Originally 16mm black and white, silent, 13 min 22 secs.

Also labelled DPR/TV/275 the film shows 3 RAR and 2nd Field Troop, Royal Australian Engineers, returned to Malaya after four months in Sarawak. From the aircraft carrier HMS Albion, the troops were loaded by platoons into assault landing craft and lowered to the water near Malacca. During the move, the Commanding Officer of the Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel B. A. McDonald, came aboard and was met by the Captain of the Albion, Captain J. Adams. Digital version accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C294817

From the Peace Village of the 10th Regimen PKM

Malaysia.kini.TV, 2013

7 minute, 4 second Youtube video, includes photographs and a map set in northern Malaysia

Consists of interviews with ex-members of 10th Assault Regiment, being CTs who served during the Second Malaysia Emergency. One of several enemy units named in intelligence reports during the time that all RAR battalions provided company groups called Rifle Company Butterworth to protect RAAF personnel and assets at Air Base Butterworth. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzOjxThonkk

Jungle Green (1964)

YouTube, accessed 7 Feb 22

Black and white and coloured imagery, 28 mins 43 sec.

BBC footage used in this coverage of the Confrontation (Konfrontasi) with Indonesian forces in North Borneo 1963-66. British film which refers to the other Commonwealth forces including the Australian (4 RAR and SASR). Rare footage which shows the same nature and conditions AS forces faced doing the same thing. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Va9QLqCZRo

Kampung Chulabhorn – Home to the almost forgotten fighters

Star TV Malaysia, 2009

9minute 58 sec Youtube video. In Thai, but summarised at intervals by English-speaking interviewer.

This video was made on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Peace Accord ending the Communist Insurgency War/Second Malaysian Emergency (2 Dec 89). It features ex-CTs including Abdullah CD, Chairman of the Communist party of Malaya. Set in a Thailand village where the remnants of the CTs were allowed to settle. All RAR battalions provided companies known predominantly as RCB to protect RAAF assets and personnel at RMAF Air Base Butterworth, Malaysia between 1970-1989 against this (then) enemy.  See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMaxlOD4YhM

Konfrontasi – the undeclared war between Malaysia and Indonesia

YouTube, accessed 7 Feb 22

Black and white and coloured imagery, 3 mins 41 sec.

History Hustle video which covers the war of 1963-66, most of which occurred in Borneo. Both 3 and 4 RAR played a role in this ‘secret’ war that was only made public after it occurred. Shows RAAF and RAR forces; narrator generalises and calls them ‘British’, carrying out Operation Claret. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4Gpj3YaYZY

Land sea operations (F03654) -1 RAR

 Australian War Memorial, Canberra,1964

16 mm/B&W/silent film; 4 mins 49 secs. Now digitised.

DPR/TV/142

This film shows 1 RAR in training along with supporting arms and services in a land, sea and air exercise practising a range of skills including anti- guerrilla operations. At the time 1 RAR was recently returned from Malaya and were soon to be deployed to Vietnam.   Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C223128

Malayan Emergency 1948-1960

YouTube, The Cold War Channel, accessed 2022

Colour and Black and white historical footage;12 mins 57 secs.

In the Cold War Channel documentary series, this video covers the war in general, primarily from a British perspective, noting the speaker is American. Reference is made to British Commonwealth forces including the Australians serving during the war. Specifically mentions the Second Malaysian Emergency, now known as the Communist Insurgency in Malaysia 1968-1989. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BnWR5nvDUE

Malayan Emergency – Century of Service

Department of Veterans Affairs, Canberra

YouTube, accessed 5 Feb 22

Black and white and coloured imagery, 2 mins 10 secs.

Australia’s involvement began in Jun 50 with Lincoln bombers, followed in 1955 by ground troops that included 1, 2 and 3 RAR and supporting arms and services. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PEWguWN2XQ

Malaya – the Undeclared War (Malayan Emergency)

YouTube, accessed 5 Feb 22

Black and white and coloured imagery, 44 mins 38secs.

BBC’s classic 1998 account of the Malayan Emergency with guerrilla leader Chin Peng narrated by Ben Kingsley. Reference is made to British Commonwealth forces including the Australians which included 1, 2 and 3 RAR. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBRMRf0JVJc

Malaya patrol (DPR-S-83) DPR (47) (F11436)

Defence Public Relations, Canberra, 1958

16mm film colour, sound, 14 mins 26 secs

A Defence Public Relations promotional film showing the work of the 3rd Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment with supporting Australian artillery and signals units combating Communist Terrorists in the jungles of Malaya. Viewable at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1178257

NSW infantry with tanks in Victoria (F03653)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra,1964

16 mm/B &W/silent film; 5 mins 29 secs. Now digitized.

DPR/TV/14

Firepower demonstration at Puckapunyal Victoria by 1 RAR, then based at Holsworthy NSW. They were supported by 105mm Howitzers of the 1st Field Regiment also from NSW and tanks of the 1st Armoured Regiment. The commander of the 1st Battalion Group, Colonel Pearson, watched the demonstration with the newly appointed General Officer Commanding Southern Command, Major General Taylor. The infantry, supported by the 50-ton Centurion tanks and 106mm recoilless rifles, launched a live firing attack in three phases against hill features. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C223127

On active service in Sarawak (F04667)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

16mm film, 13 mins 22 secs, silent, black and white.

Also titled DPR/TV/248, this film features Australian troops on active service in Borneo are coming to grips with some of the toughest jungle country in South East Asia. Moving on foot and by helicopter the troops, members of 3 RAR, patrol from Bau, a remote township near the chain of mountains that mark the Sarawak-Kalimantan border.

On the border (F04666)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

16mm film, black and white, silent, 2 mins 47secs.

A DPR film (DPR/TV/238) In the clammy heat of the Borneo jungle, 3 RAR infantrymen settle down to border patrolling. Troops had moved into border outposts in Sarawak about three weeks prior to relieve British Army Ghurka soldiers. Available at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C294815

Presentation of colours to 8RAR (F03724)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968

Black and white, silent film, 5 minutes, 42 secs.

Presentation of colours to 8 RAR in Singapore in 1968. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C235580

RAAF Mirage Repatriation Flight from Butterworth April 1988

YouTube

video 5 mins 26 secs

Australian TV news items on the departure of the last squadron of RAAF Mirages, 79 Squadron, from air base Butterworth in Malaysia, in April 1988. The first Mirages arrived in Butterworth in May 1967. The departure of 79 Squadron ended the era of a permanent RAAF fighter presence at Butterworth. From 1970 onwards, RAR battalions provided almost all of the Rifle Company Butterworth to protect these and other RAAF aircraft and assets. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo2yrZV-riM

Rifle Company Butterworth 114

Australian Army

YouTube; 1 min 39 secs

Features a composite rifle company including 8/9 RAR troops led by MAJ Mick Silvestri in Malaysia. In it the OC explains why the RCB is there, referring to the early operational deployments if RCB during the Communist Insurgency in Malaysia 1968-1989, and the RCB; pot-1989 role of primarily training. Accessible at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10153963514846195

‘Short Gallop’ comes to a halt (F04449)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra,1970

16 mm/B &W/silent film; 3 mins 22 secs.

DPR/TV/1288.

1 RAR completed Exercise Short Gallop in Eastern Malaya in 1970 – the first major warm-up by Australian, British and New Zealand soldiers in preparation for the five nation Exercise Bersatu Padu. The ten-day exercise culminated in a helicopter assault on a known enemy position within thick jungle undergrowth. The Australians attacked a bunker system where the enemy role was played by British Commandos and New Zealand troops. Able to be ordered via https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C274423

The 7th Dawn

Metro Goldwyn Meyer, 1964

A fictional but representative account of the end of the common war against the Japanese occupation force in Malaya in 1945 followed by the fight against Communists Terrorists in the post-war years. Accurately portrays the types of operations and relationships between the British authorities and fledgling Malay Security Forces experienced in the 1948-60 Malayan Emergency which included 1, 2, and 3 RAR. Starring William Holden and Suzannah York.

The Deception

Digger55 films

YouTube video 1 min 04 sec long

Visual statement of the quest the to achieve recognition of service in the Community Insurgency in Malaysia (1968-1989) by RCB veterans. See it at https://recognitionofrcbservice.com/

The last bastion of the Malayan Communist Party – Malaysia and Thailand

CJ-MY Producers

Utube footage, 3 minutes 40 seconds. Narrative in English

In the 1970s communist guerrillas (CTs) from the Malayan Communist Party settled in the Piyamit Hills in Thailand near Betong in a one kilometre tunnel to hide from air raids and use as a shelter and store. After the surrender of the Malayan Communist Party (The Haadyai Peace Accord) in 1989, the CTs settled down here through the courtesy of the Thai government. A signboard at the tunnel reads: “The Piyamit Tunnel is the Malaya Communists’ base build for bombshells and storing food supplies. The battlefield bases are located on the mountain top in the midst of the deep forests which separates the boundaries of Thailand and Malaysia covered the area of Yala Provinces. The Piyamit Tunnel was built in 1977 with the length of 1 km and 5-6 feet wide. It took three months for excavation of 50 hard manships and there are 9 entrance exit paths.” This is the last bastion for the CTs against whom Australian troops of Rifle Company Butterworth defended the Air Base Butterworth, Malaysia. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK1LRO9kWMs&feature=player_embedded

The Malayan Emergency – Britain’s Vietnam War

YouTube, accessed 2022

Both colour and Black and white historical footage; partly cartoon in format. 6 mins 14 secs.

This video covers the 1948-1960 Malayan Emergency (war) in general, comparing it to the Vietnam War and notes that this war is still not really over, a fact reinforced by the record of the Communist Insurgency in Malaysia 1968-89, and the fact Australian RCBs were still at Butterworth in 2022. The speaker is Australian. Reference is made to British Commonwealth forces including the Australians. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2feKVCPHJ84&t=4s

The other freedom fighters

Malaysia.kini.TV, 2009

10 minute video on Youtube

A series of interviews of ex-10th Assault Unit of the CPM, also known as CTs who now live in southern Thailand. These people were active during the Communist Insurgency War 1968-1989, with the oldest ones having been active during the 1948-60 Malayan Emergency. They state they were specifically out to fight the British and their ‘stooges’, which includes RAR units and RCB companies. See    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUgRGYQTO-0

Troops by chopper in Borneo (F03665)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

16mm/b&w/silent, 2 mins 7 secs.

A Defence Public Relations short film (DPR/TV/246) on RAR troops deploying by RAF Wessex chopper in Borneo. See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C223139

Unknown communist uprising – the Malayan Emergency

YouTube, accessed 5 Feb 22

Black and white and coloured imagery, 3 mins 02 secs.

History Hustle coverage of the Malayan Emergency from a British-centric perspective. Reference is made to British Commonwealth forces including the Australians which included 1, 2 and 3 RAR. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gMxJotyKog

Very Able Troopers (VAT) 69 Commandos: Malaya – the Undeclared War (Malayan Emergency)

BBC, Birmingham, 2016

Utube video; runs for 47 mins 51 secs

While this video, published on 18 Feb 16 is about a special forces MAF uni called VAT 69t, it covers the Second Malaysian Emergency 1968-89 in which every RAR battalion and some others deployed companies to Air Base Butterworth. Their task was to engage the communists in guerrilla warfare. The pioneer troopers of VAT 69 Commando were trained by the British SAS and this unit existed the whole period. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFM1fXuaHX0

Was this Britain’s Vietnam War? – The Malayan Emergency

YouTube, accessed 2022

Cartoon-based narrative; 15 mins 52 secs.

This Magellan TV product video covers the war in general, primarily from a British perspective, noting this speaker is American. Reference is made to British Commonwealth forces including the Australians which included 1, 2 and 3 RAR. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETqdCMNyvbU

Why we stay here, even when we love home

Malaysia.kini.TV, 2009

4 minute 38 sec Utube video. In Thai, but summarised at intervals by English-speaking interviewer.

This video was made on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Peace Accord ending the Communist Insurgency War/Second Malaysian Emergency (2 Dec 89). It features ex-CTs of the 10 Assault Unit, called Guerilla Fighters, now living in a Thailand village near the border. All RAR battalions provided companies known predominantly as RCB to protect RAAF assets and personnel at RMAF Air Base Butterworth, Malaysia between 1970-1989 against this (then) enemy.  See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMaxlOD4YhM

 

VIETNAM 1962-75

161 Battery Royal New Zealand Artillery in the  Vietnam War – 1965

YouTube

Video 7 mins 38 secs.

A Red Dune Film, this film is of great significance to the RAR. On 16 July 1965 161 Battery, stationed at Bien Hoa air base near Saigon, opened fire on a Viet Cong position in support of 1 RAR, serving as part of the American 173rd Airborne Brigade. One year later on 18 August 1966, 161 Bty, 16 Field Regiment, RNZA part of the 1st Australian Task Force at Nui Dat fired in support of D Company, 6 RAR in The Battle of Long Tan alongside Australian artillery – 103 Bty & 105 Bty Royal Australian Army and 2/35th Howitzer Battalion, US Army. The Forward (Artillery) Observers attached to D Coy, 6RAR were Capt Morrie Stanley, Bdr Willie Walker and Bdr Murray Broomhall all from 161 Bty, RNZA. They controlled the 24 guns in support of D Coy for more than 3.5 hours in the rubber plantation called Long Tan, firing 6-8 rounds per minute (2 above the intense rate) almost non-stop. 105 Australians and 3 New Zealanders (D Coy, 6RAR) fought and defeated 2,500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers. Accessible at https://veteranweb.asn.au/news/161-battery-royal-new-zealand-artillery-in-vietnam-war-1965/

1969 in Vietnam

YouTube

Video of stills; 9 mins 44sec.

Self-publication, 1969. Taken in Vietnam of and around Joe Spado, including RAR Armoured Personnel Carriers fitted with mortars. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkvLC1tFPNc

1st Australian Field Hospital Vung Tau 1967 (F03361)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

16mm film, 4 min 54 secs, colour, silent.

Scenes of daily Field Hospital life, including surgical operations. Most casualties and sick treated here were RAR. Not digitised at time of data entry. Accessible via AWM at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C191323

1st Battalion RAR farewell parade, Holsworthy & embarkation for Vietnam on HMAS Sydney. DPR/TV/251 (F10074)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

Film 16 mm, Black and white silent; 3 mins 14 secs Members of the First Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), were reviewed and farewelled by the Minister for the Army, Dr A.J. Forbes, at a parade held at Holsworthy Camp. After the parade they travelled by a convoy of trucks to Garden Island naval dockyard where they embarked on the RAN’s troop carrier H.M.A.S. Sydney for transit to Vietnam. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C190730

1 Platoon ‘A’ Company 7 RAR Vietnam 1968-1969 and 1970/Denis Travers (F03740)

YouTube/Australian War Memorial

Colour; no sound, originally shot in Super 8mm. 55 mins 25 secs.

Amateur footage mainly taken by Denis Travers on both tours of duty.

Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGQ-fQBzf-E

1 RAR, Vietnam, July and September 1968 (F03712)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968

Colour YouTube, mute footage, 4 minutes, 28 secs.

This unedited raw footage shows a series of elements of 1 RAR’s daily life in Vietnam. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrXXT5MBuCM

 

2 RAR in Vietnam and R & R in Hong Kong (F03709)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968

8mm super colour, silent, digitised, 53 mins.

Assembly footage of Nui Dat incl Luscombe Field, R &R in Hong Kong, showing 2 RAR troops, AFV and aircraft.

Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F03709

3 RAR action in Vietnam (F04204)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968

16 mm black and white silent film DPR/TV/853 and 855 (now digitised), 7 mins.

Australian troops inflicted heavy casualties on an estimated force of two North Vietnamese battalions early this week when the enemy tried to overrun Fire Support Base Balmoral in Bien Hoa Province, Vietnam. The film shows Australian troops rendering medical aid to Viet Cong wounded and leading away injured with blindfold on. In this attack, the second on Balmoral, Australian soldiers of 3RAR also suffered heavy casualties. The action began when a shower of rockets and mortar shells crashed into the wooded area. Although the Australians had less time to take cover, they suffered less casualties than they had on the previous attack, two days before. A large number of enemy weapons were captured in the engagement automatic rifles, machine guns, rocket launchers, grenades, torpedoes and mortars. Six wounded enemy soldiers were captured after the battle. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C273067

3 RAR return from South Vietnam (F03635)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1971

16mm/b&w/sound, 11 mins.

3 RAR return from South Vietnam on HMAS Sydney. See  https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C218078

3 RAR leaves Vietnam (F04673)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968

16mm film, 3 mins 52 secs, silent, black and white.

Also titled: DPR/TV/965 this film features a group of soldiers from 3 RAR in November 1968 packaging up stores and striking tents as the unit prepares to return home to Adelaide. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C294821

3 RAR Train for Vietnam (F03619)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1970

16mm film, black and white, silent, 1 minute 49 secs

A Seven National News item by Chris Gun on South Australian-based 3RAR’s preparations for service in Vietnam. Chris Gun interviews Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Francis Peter Scott. Digitised and accessible via  https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C218067.

36 hours in Vung Tau (F04915)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1969

8mm super colour silent film, 19 mins

Shot by John Neervoort, this film shows Support Company 6 RAR on 36 hour Rest and Convalescence (R&C) leave at Vung Tau, leaving 1 ATF base at Nui Dat, passing the helicopter LZ of Kangaroo Pad. Includes scenes around the Peter Badcoe club, including the Harold Holt swimming pool and the Back Beach and Vung Tau, including markets, and surrounding areas of Vung Tau.Back at Nui Dat, there is a demonstration of an RAAF Huey ‘Bushranger’ helicopter gunship firing miniguns and rockets. The 6 RAR Tracker Platoon test fire their weapons on the range at Nui Dat. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C379010

4 RAR arrives in Vietnam (F04205)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968

16mm film/b&w/silent, 2 mins 30 secs.

Main body of 4 RAR arrives in Vietnam. Shows troops disembarking from the fast troop transport HMAS Sydney onto Landing Craft Infantry to be taken to shore at Vung Tau. Made by DPR (DPR/TV/856). See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04205/

5 RAR first tour of Vietnam 1966-1967 (F03476)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra

8mm super colour, silent 23 min 36 secs

Description of what is in film is at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F03746

5 RAR in action (F03795)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra

YouTube 4 minutes 34 secs

Also called DPR/TV/401, this black and white footage features 5 RAR shortly after its arrival in Vietnam first tour of duty. Accessible at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=256q48KNvy8

5 RAR farewell parade at Nui Dat (F04425)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra

YouTube 6 minutes 26 seconds

Also titled DPR/TV/1247, this black and white footage covers the farewell parade of 5 RAR before returning home from its first tour.  Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t95Ih5Ovio

5 RAR, South Vietnam (F03432)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1969

8mm colour, silent film, 21 min 19 sec; shot by Tim Donnelly and digitised later.

Shows 5 RAR on the second tour of South Vietnam 1969. Scenes include activities at Nui Dat, on patrol in Phuoc Tuy Province and on leave at Vung Tau. See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F03432/

5 RAR second tour of South Vietnam, 1969-1970 (F03747)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1970

8mm colour, silent film, 14 min 40 sec; shot by Phillip Ahearn and digitised later.

Includes footage of 1 Armoured Regiment and 9 Sqn RAAF, and features 5 RAR on its second tour of duty in Vietnam. See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C244755

6 RAR – Australian Army in Action February 1967 – Vietnam War (FO 3848)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

Black and white film, 7mins 27 secs.

Originally an official Army film shot in 16mm film, and digitised in 2016, now available also through UTube. Shows 6 RAR troops in airmobile insertions and then ground operations.

6 RAR’s last Vietnam operation (F03884)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

16mm, Black and white, silent, 3 min 33 secs.

Also labelled DPR/TV/627, this film shows B Coy 6 RAR with A Sqn 3 Cav Regt APCs on their last operation of 6 RAR’s first tour of duty in Vietnam. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F03884

7th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment – the old and new

YouTube

Colour and black and white video

2 mins 42 secs

A compilation of Vietnam and Afghanistan footage of 7 RAR troops. A short unit promotional. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHg99WfOJTQ

7 RAR in Vietnam 1970-1971 – James Peat 7 RAR

YouTube

Colour; no sound, originally shot in Super 8mm. 3 mins 36 secs.

Amateur footage mainly taken by James Peat of 7 RAR around Nui Dat. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP7tfuYDvzs

7 RAR Memorial service and farewell parade (F04496)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1971

16mm film, black and white, silent, 5 mins 32 secs.

Also coded as DPR/TV/1380, this film depicts 7 RAR parading at Nui Dat in Mar 71 prior to returning home.Accessible online at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04496

7 RAR Vietnam 1967-68 & 1 ARU Vietnam (F03415)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968

1-inch film, colour, silent, 26 minutes

Compilation of 7 RAR and 1 ARU in Vietnam during 1967-68. Accessible via https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C191583

 

7 News – Coral Balmoral

Youtube

4.20 minutes.

Channel 7 news coverage of interview with several prominent RAR veterans regarding the Battle of Coral Balmoral. Includes footage of the battle. See http://aussietrackers.org/experimental-training-1943-combat-tracking-teams-combat-assult-dogs

7 RAR 1st tour of duty of South Vietnam/Ron Myer (F04180)

YouTube/Australian War Memorial

Colour; no sound, originally shot in Super 8mm. 9 mins 43 secs.

Amateur footage mainly taken by Ron Myer. Shows helo mounting for and deployment during Operation Coburg, dust offs and return to Australia scenes.

Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84As6rD-R38

7 RAR South Vietnam 1967-68 – Peter Gates (F00262)

YouTube/Australian War Memorial

Colour; no sound, originally shot in Super 8mm. 10 mins 9 secs.

Amateur footage mainly taken by Peter Gates during his service with 7 RAR in Vietnam 1967-1968 including Administration Company lines, Nui Dat. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osKs4i1ic_c

 8 RAR arrives in Vietnam (F04409)

YouTube/Australian War Memorial

Black and white video, no sound

8mins 17 secs.

DPR/TV/211 film originally. Shows 8 RAR deploying to Vietnam. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH2e5Iiu6Bs

8 RAR preparations for departure from Vietnam (F03729)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1970

16mm film, colour, silent, 16 mins 10 secs.

This film depicts primarily logistics work carried out by 8 RAR soldiers and Locally engaged civilians at Vung Tau prior to departure for Australia. Includes footage of battle-damaged vehicles. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F03729

9 Squadron RAAF Vietnam 1966 to 1967 -Vietnam War (F00417)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

A coloured, silent Red Dune film now in online video format; 1 hr, 12 mins, 50 seconds.

Amateur compilation primarily of the Squadron, giving an insight into the lives of the crews who supported the RAR battalions in Vietnam. Includes footage at Butterworth, Malaysia. Some scenes show RAR troops. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F00417

Action in Vietnam (1966) Part 1 of 3)

Screen Australia (YouTube)

Video 25 min 01 secs.

An Australian National Film Board production released by Department of the Army. Features 1 RAR on its first tour. Accessible at https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Action+in+Vietnam+(1966)+(1+of+3)&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dAction%2bin%2bVietnam%2b(1966)%2b(1%2bof%2b3)%26cvid%3db20d517a533c4755ba8aea26dbf12588%26aqs%3dedge..69i57j69i60.25303j0j1%26pglt%3d299%26FORM%3dANNTA1%26PC%3dDCTS&view=detail&mid=17CDB31233FE6E86411A17CDB31233FE6E86411A&&mmscn=vwrc&FORM=VDRVRV

Advisors in Phuoc Tuy (DPR/TV/1482) (F04544)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1972

16mmB&W Film, silent, since digitised.

Shows the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) instructing Cambodian and Vietnamese troops. A small group of AATTV advisors comprised Australia’s first military commitment to Vietnam from 1962 throughout the Vietnam War. All were jungle warfare experts. Previously scattered throughout the country, this film shows members of the team concentrated in Phuoc Tuy Province, the former area of operations of the First Australian Task Force. Commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Keith Henry Kirkland in 1972, the team had its headquarters at the Jungle Warfare Centre, near Baria. Twenty-seven Australians, mainly RAR, helped train junior leaders of the Vietnamese Armed Forces in methods of jungle warfare, up to platoon level. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C290349

Aerial Views of Australian Task Force Vietnam base at Nui Dat (F03595)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2017 (upload)

Film, colour, 1 minute 45 secs.

All RAR battalions rotated through the major base at Nui Dat in Vietnam. Average/poor quality aerial footage, taken from a helicopter.

Ambush story – A Digger’s Post

Gary Swalling

YouTube; 2 mins 37 secs.

A poem narrated by Gary Swalling, an RAR veteran of Vietnam 1969/70. Tells the story of an ambush using stills combined with artwork and some captions to provide a good example of a prime way of engaging the enemy in that war. Accessible at https://veteranweb.asn.au/uncategorized/a-diggers-post/

Aussies killed in action 9th Battalion Vietnam

YouTube

Colour video

10 minutes 38 secs.

A tribute to the 9 RAR dead, showing each solider KIA and supporting footage set to emotional songs. Film itself is titled ‘The fallen warriors 9 RAR Tour of  Vietnam 1968-69’. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoFa6rHFWtQ

Australian Diggers in Vietnam (F03144)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968

YouTube, 28 mins 43 secs.

A documentary made for publicity purposes to give insight into the Australian soldiers’ experience. The film follows a group of Australian soldiers transiting into Vietnam, onto helicopter and into a contact with the VC, involving gunfire and capture of a Viet Cong fighter. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1YEaJ6ZCJQ

Australian soldiers in the Vietnam War

YouTube

Unidentified author/supplier. Still images of the Vietnam War, no sound; 9 mins 51 secs.

An RAAC-centric series of photographs apparently taken by soldiers; shows RAR personnel in APC mounts and in Nui Dat as well as tanks and a range of other events familiar to those who served in Vietnam. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndG160tuv9Y

Australian soldiers in Vietnam

YouTube

Colour video,16 mins 58 secs.

Also titled ‘John’s Vietnam Memories 1969’ this video is a compilation off coloured still photographs put to music of the Vietnam era. Many RAR and other veterans feature in it. Accessible at https://veteranweb.asn.au/news/aussie-diggers-in-vietnam-slide-show/

Australian troops back from Vietnam duty – Sydney (AKA Troops back from Vietnam 1966)

Cinesound Review

Youtube video 2 mins 14 secs.

Black and white footage of 1 RAR returning home in 1966 having served with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam. Includes parade through Sydney led by CO LTCOL Preece. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzrYjU06OsM

Australians in Action in Vietnam (F10168)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

Film, colour, 24 mins 26 secs.

1 RAR on parade in Sydney prior to embarkation for Vietnam. 1 RAR on operation with the United States 173rd Airborne Brigade in War Zone D. Australian Engineers dismantling a Viet Cong booby trap, 105mm Howitzers of 105 Battery Royal Australian Artillery support the infantry. Armoured personnel carriers of 1 APC troop, 1st Cavalry Regiment transporting 1 RAR through villages, conducting village searches. Captured Viet Cong weapons. A range of supporting arms and services are shown. See https://www.facebook.com/commonwealthforces/videos/179452223339644/UzpfSTEwMDAwMzM4OTk5NDc1NjoxMDE1Nzk4NTAwOTA1OTY2MA/

Australians in joint operation  (F04674)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1971

Film, 16mm/black and white, silent, 8 mins 29 secs.

DPR/TV/1415 film. Shows Australians in joint operations, mainly 3 RAR with supporting arms.

Australian Task Force Vietnam (F10255)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, undated

Film converted for online publication, 26 mins 24 secs

This official general history film showing troops including RAR members in Vietnam is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V5Tp5mGpxQ

Australian troops destroy Viet Cong Camp (F03931)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

16mm film/b&w/silent, 12 secs.

Operation Kenmore. Troops from Alpha Company 7 RAR move through high swamp grass in the early morning. Made by DPR (DPR/TV/715).  See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C256109

Battle of Binh Ba

Australian War Memorial (unreferenced)

Black and white video; 3 mins35 secs.

Footage of this battle which took place 6-8 Jun 69 involving 5 RAR and 6 RAR. Accessible at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2781830262106074

Battlefield Vietnam (Part 1)

Polygram Visual Programming, 1998

YouTube, 58 minutes 23 seconds, colour and sound.

US-centric coverage of the war in which all RAR battalions at the time and numerous RAR individuals in HQ and AATTV served. Accessible at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LMYb-LvE6Y

Battlefield Vietnam (Part 2)

Polygram Visual Programming, 1998

YouTube, 58 minutes 17 seconds, colour and sound.

US-centric coverage of the war in which all RAR battalions at the time and numerous RAR individuals in HQ and AATTV served. Accessible at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9PRHMLHSE4

 

Battlefield Vietnam (Part 3)

Polygram Visual Programming, 1998

YouTube, 58 minutes 15 seconds, colour and sound.

US-centric coverage of the war in which all RAR battalions at the time and numerous RAR individuals in HQ and AATTV served. Accessible at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTPVpWza58s

 

 Battlefield Vietnam (Part 4)

Polygram Visual Programming, 1998

YouTube, 58 minutes 16 seconds, colour and sound.

US-centric coverage of the war in which all RAR battalions at the time and numerous RAR individuals in HQ and AATTV served. Accessible at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3S1hUXMPYo

Battlefield Vietnam (Part 5)

Polygram Visual Programming, 1998

YouTube, 58 minutes 18 seconds, colour and sound.

US-centric coverage of the war in which all RAR battalions at the time and numerous RAR individuals in HQ and AATTV served. Accessible at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKdN2jr7lT0

Battlefield Vietnam (Part 6)

Polygram Visual Programming, 1998

YouTube, 58 minutes 19 seconds, colour and sound.

US-centric coverage of the war in which all RAR battalions at the time and numerous RAR individuals in HQ and AATTV served. Accessible at   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_dTP4_xwRE

Battlefield Vietnam (Part 7)

Polygram Visual Programming, 1998

YouTube, 58 minutes 18 seconds, colour and sound.

US-centric coverage of the war in which all RAR battalions at the time and numerous RAR individuals in HQ and AATTV served. Accessible at   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECtODfjXLHg

Battlefield Vietnam (Part 8)

Polygram Visual Programming, 1998

YouTube, 58 minutes 17 seconds, colour and sound.

US-centric coverage of the war in which all RAR battalions at the time and numerous RAR individuals in HQ and AATTV served. Accessible at   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0-6s03pX1Q

Battlefield Vietnam (Part 9)

Polygram Visual Programming, 1998

YouTube, 58 minutes 19 seconds, colour and sound.

US-centric coverage of the war in which all RAR battalions at the time and numerous RAR individuals in HQ and AATTV served. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34T_nQIdpSc

Battlefield Vietnam (Part 10)

Polygram Visual Programming, 1998

YouTube, 58 minutes 18 seconds, colour and sound.

US-centric coverage of the war in which all RAR battalions at the time and numerous RAR individuals in HQ and AATTV served. Accessible at   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN1BshTtO_s

Battlefield Vietnam (Part 11)

Polygram Visual Programming, 1998

YouTube, 58 minutes 18 seconds, colour and sound.

US-centric coverage of the war in which all RAR battalions at the time and numerous RAR individuals in HQ and AATTV served. Accessible at   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKS515C9LUo

Battlefield Vietnam: The fall of Saigon (Part 12)

Polygram Visual Programming, 1998

YouTube, 58 minutes 18 seconds, colour and sound.

US-centric coverage of the war in which all RAR battalions at the time and numerous RAR individuals in HQ and AATTV served. Accessible at   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWSfEjDXUp8

Britain’s Vietnam War

Youtube

Mark Felton Productions

Colour, 8 minutes, 56 seconds

Although this online film does not feature the RAR or Australians, it is a rare glimpse into the preceding years in Vietnam before they were. Following the surrender of the Japanese in 1945, British forces occupying Vietnam were obliged to use Japanese forces to assist them in fighting the Viet Min pending the arrival of French troops. An insight to the enemy that the RAR and others were to later fight. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w-cv2CJbfI&feature=youtu.be

Battle of Coral Vietnam ANZACS

Frontline Films, 2013

YouTube film, 10 mins 12 secs.

 Battle of Coral involving 3 RAR and featuring extensive archival footage during the Tet Offensive. Narrative includes MAJGEN Peter Phillips, AM, MC (Retd). Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU2R5EwNASM

Battle of Long Tan: edited version (F03370)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2017

16mm Film, colour and B & W footage, 1 hour and 14 secs duration.

Presentation by Lieutenant-Colonel Adrian Roberts who, as a Lieutenant, was the officer commanding 3 Troop 1 APC Squadron at the time of the battle at Long Tan in South Vietnam, 1966 supporting 6 RAR, especially D and A companies. Edited version of F03369. Also available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y3hv2xiofI .

Brothers in Arms – 9 Sqn RAAF (Part 1)

Anonymous

Youtube 18 mins 28 secs in VeteranWeb.

An anonymous documentary in the Eye on the World series of the roles and duties of 9 Sqn RAAF in Vietnam, including troop lift, resupply, medevac, light and heavy fire teams, the overwhelming amount of which was in support of RAR. Many RAR units and individuals can be identified in this footage, including D Coy 6 RAR at Long Tan. Accessible on Veteranweb at https://veteranweb.asn.au/news/9-sqn-raaf-vietnam/

Captured Viet Cong and weapons (C273069)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968

16 mm black and white silent film DPR/TV/858 (now digitised), 4 mins.

Coverage of the aftermath of the North Vietnamese attack on the Australian Fire Support Base Balmoral, Bien Hoa Province, Vietnam; 3 RAR predominantly features. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C273069 . See also 3 RAR action in Vietnam (F04204) in this Section of this bibliography.

‘C’ Coy 7 RAR, Vietnam 1967-1968 (F03739)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968 

8mm film, colour, silent, 6 mins 40 secs. 

Shot by John Rawlins, features life in C coy 7 RAR in Vietnam 1967-68. Now digitised and accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F03739/ .

C Coy 7 RAR Vietnam 1970-71 – James Peat 7 RAR

YouTube

Colour and sound (soothing music; no narrative), with stills, 8 mins 24 secs.

Shows C Coy in and around Nui Dat 1970-71. Footage taken mainly by James Peat. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjNM6i-xnPc

Christmas 1967] Commander’s message DPR/TV/? (Soldiers greetings from Vietnam) (F04682)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

16mm, Black & White, sound 8 minutes 12 seconds

Department of Public Relations product. One of many films around Xmas messages sent home. Commander Australia Force Vietnam introduces the first one mentioned below in Christmas 1967. Access the first one at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C295407

Others in this series, numbering 2,357 individual soldier messages home, are:

Accession No. Year State(s) AWM Link Messages Duration
F04682 1967 Multi https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04682/ ? 8:33
F04683 1967 NSW https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04683/ 47 23:45
F04687 1967 QLD https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04687/ 44 25:08
F04685 1967 SA https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04685/ 39 20:39
F04688 1967 TAS https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04688/ 38 21:38
F04684 1967 VIC https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04684/ 44 25:56
F04686 1967 WA https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04686/ 44 26:53
F04721 1968 ACT https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C300946 21 16:50
F04689 1968 Multi https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04689/ ? 2:54
F04690 1968 Multi https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04690/ 8 9:00
F04691 1968 NSW https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04691/ 102 50:11
F04692 1968 QLD https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04692/ 70 37:01
F04693 1968 SA https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04693/ 68 36:36
F04696 1968 TAS https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04696/ 33 18:17
F04694 1968 VIC https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04694/ 87 43:34
F04695 1968 WA https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04695/ 63 33:59
F04722 1969 ACT https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C300947 33 19:39
F04718 1969 Multi https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C300556 7 12:23
F04701 1969 Multi (Nurses) https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04701/ 18 9:21
F04697 1969 NSW https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04697/ 141 56:42
F04711 1969 QLD https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04711/ 115 44:12
F04698 1969 SA https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04698/ 77 29:10
F04719 1969 TAS https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C300557 42 16:17
F04699 1969 VIC https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04699/ 149 55:08
F04700 1969 WA https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04700/ 64 38:15
F04723 1970 ACT https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C300948 20 20:47
F04702 1970 General https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04702/ 41 16:37
F04703 1970 NSW https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04703/ 158 55:13
F04704 1970 QLD https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04704/ 122 47:22
F04705 1970 SA https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04705/ 100 37:36
F04706 1970 TAS https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04706/ 53 20:36
F04707 1970 VIC https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04707/ 150 53:30
F04708 1970 WA https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04708/ 111 42:25
F04709 1971 Multi https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04709/ 7 12:28
F04710 1971 Multi https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04710/ 126 50:06
F04711 1971 QLD https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C295436 115 44:12

CLARKSON, Jack et al – Vets reflections on Aussie Vietnam Veterans

YouTube

24 mins 16 secs video

Several RAR veterans recount experiences in Vietnam. At https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIL7Ty0oBCw

Colonel Brumfield return from Vietnam (F03700)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

Black and white TV footage, sound, 4 minutes, 28 secs.

Also labelled DPR/TV/330, this clip shows COL Lou Brumfield arrive back in Australia from Vietnam and then interviewed about his early experiences. Good insight into later deployments. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C223273

Commemorative service for the 50th anniversary of Operation Ivanhoe and the Battle of Nui Le

Department of Veterans Affairs, Canberra, 2021

30 mins

Made in conjunction with the ABC, this video is in part narrated in part by Craig Allen, It is about the last major battle involving Australians in the Vietnam War. 4 RAR/NZ successfully engaged the 33rd North Vietnam Infantry Regiment during this Operation in 1971.On 7 Jun 21, a ceremony was conducted at the Vietnam Memorial in Canberra with an address by the Governor-General GEN (Retd) David Hurley that includes many photographs of the troops involved. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8dQNnjk2iQ

Coral Balmoral Flashback Project – John Bryant on 50th Anniversary Part1

Frontline Film Foundation, 2018

YouTube film, 5 min 09 sec. Interviewer David Bradbury.

Bradbury interviewed 22 Vietnam War veterans who fought in the Battle of Coral and Balmoral, May 1968. This clip features Bryant  at the 50th commemoration (National Vietnam Veterans Museum), describing Operation Toan Thang (‘Complete Victory’)at Coral/Balmoral May 12 – June 6, 1968. Veterans included 1RAR, 3RAR, and the men who manned the guns, tanks and APCs in support. At the time, 1RAR and Guns were attacked by the NVA. Sheer courage, tenacity and great training stopped them from being over-run. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL57y4BOE10

 

Coral Balmoral Flashback Project – John Bryant on 50th Anniversary Part 2

Frontline Film Foundation, 2018

YouTube film, 4 min 12 sec. Interviewer David Bradbury.

Bradbury interviewed 22 Vietnam War veterans who fought in the Battle of Coral and Balmoral, May 1968. This clip features an interview of  Bryant, 1 RAR describing the battles. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=herVDmxV4cc

Coral Balmoral Flashback Project – LT Tony Jensen 2

Frontline Film Foundation, 2018

YouTube film, 6 min 20 sec. Interviewer David Bradbury.

Bradbury interviewed 22 Vietnam War veterans who fought in the Battle of Coral and Balmoral, May 1968. Second interview of LT Tony Jenson, Mortar Platoon commander 1 RAR. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrwgSiDQemk

Coral Balmoral Flashback Project – Private Barry Ryan

Frontline Film Foundation, 2018

YouTube film, 5 min 35 sec. Interviewer David Bradbury.

Bradbury interviewed 22 Vietnam War veterans who fought in the Battle of Coral and Balmoral, May 1968. This clip features an interview of  Ryan, D company, 3 RAR. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6YpkdhbIe4

Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan

Screen Queensland, 2019

Director: Kriv Stenders

Producer: Martin Walsh

A movie released in August 2019 which depicts the Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam.

Entertaining Vietnam

Culture Unplugged Inc

Youtube video 53 mins 1sec

Produced by Mara Wallis, this video tells the story of entertainers who travelled to Vietnam to help support the troops with morale building entertainments. Includes Australian artists who performed for both Australians and American forces. Every RAR veteran will relate to the images and the music. Many including Col Joye and his group at the time of the Battle of Long Tan were often in danger, some wounded. Accessible at https://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/play/10371/Entertaining-Vietnam

Farewell parade Holsworthy prior to 1 RAR embarkation for 2nd tour of Vietnam (F03721)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968

16mm film, colour, silent, length: unknown.

This film captures the final parade of 1 RAR in 1968 prior to its departure for Vietnam on its second tour of duty. Available from the AWM. Not listed as digitised.

Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral by Colonel J D Keldie (F03368)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968

U-matic tape, colour and sound, 96 minutes.

Lecture presented by Colonel J.D. Keldie, MC on the actions at Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral, South Vietnam 1968. Includes questions and answers. Produced by the Department of Defence. Accessible via AWM at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C191330

First cordon and search of Dat Do (F04182) (Operation Atherton)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

YouTube black and white copy of an original colour version, silent, 7 min 46 secs.

Also labelled DPR/TV/685 this film shows 2 RAR and 7 RAR troops and supporting arms and services on Operation Atherton from 16 Aug-3 Sep 67 conducting a cordon and search of Dat Do, near Nui Dat, Vietnam. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhUisU2n2q0

Forgotten Heroes (Battle of Long Tan)

Red Dune Films, 2006

YouTube film of a 60 Minutes production, 14 mins 17 secs.

Produced by Hamish Thomson and presented by Peter Harvey, this TV special was the story that 60 Minutes (Nine Network) Australia did on the Battle of Long Tan. Former Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Long Tan veterans, former enemy, admitted that Australia actually won the battle (but of course lost the war). For three and a half hours in the mud and shattered trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tan, 105 young Australians and 3 New Zealanders fought and defeated 2,500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers in an epic battle. 18 Australians were killed and 21 wounded with more than 500 VC and NVA killed with more than 1,000 wounded. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uODWvj8aP-Q

HMAS Sydney leaves for Vietnam (F10743)

YouTube

Video 7 mins 19 secs – black and white, no sound

An Australian War Memorial film (F10743) was originally shot in celluloid and since digitised. Shows 7 RAR boarding at Garden Island Sydney, with farewells by families and friends. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SieTk24y6xg

Home fires burning: New Zealand’s Vietnam War

Papakura Museum NZ

YouTube footage, 27 min, 23 secs

General coverage of the NZ involvement in the Vietnam War. NZ forces were integrated with Australian forces including the gun battery to fire in support of 6 RAR at Long Tan (and other battles, and the rifle companies from 1 RNZIR that were embedded in some RAR battalions (2, 4 and 6 RAR/NZ (ANZAC). Reference to these relationships is made in this work. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWaN1Z6KKqQ

Homeland Story

Film directed and produced by Glenda Hambly

Ronin Films, Canberra, 2019

87 min film/documentary; available on DVD from Feb 2020

The film relates to 2, 5 and 6 RAR Veterans and others who assist an Indigenous Homeland called Donydji in East Arnhem Land. It focuses on the work of Dr Neville White, a 2 RAR Veteran and genetic anthropologist who has worked there since 1974.  Part of that history includes the work of Veterans who he took to the Homeland to work with the young men of Donydi to build a school, houses, a workshop, outdoor kitchens and ablution blocks. A story of a remarkable cross-cultural partnership; one that benefited both the Veterans and the Donydji community.

I was only 19

YouTube

video, 5 mins, 02 secs.

Short film that includes individuals’ reflections on their tour of duty in Vietnam, with photographs of them then, and interviewed at the time of filming. Includes some RAR members and combat footage. See at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCbFKfS9wOY

Interview with battalion commander ANZAC Battalion (F04350) – (DPR/TV/1132)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1969

TV camera, black and white, 21 secs

Features CO 6 RAR (ANZAC)  LTCOL David Butler  in Vietnam at the end of Operation Lavarack in 1969, during which almost 200 enemy were killed in three months. Now digitised and accessible at  https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C273723. Made by Defence Public Relations.

 

Interview with Neil Davis  (F10477)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Film, now on Youtube, Roll 3 -Frontline out-takes. 10 mins 47 seconds.

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describing Viet Cong (VC) tactics used against US and Australian troops; Australian troops’ jungle warfare tactics, and how the VC adapted to them; Australian troops’ casualty rate due to landmines and booby traps; achievement of Australian, US and South Korean forces; his opinion on the value of their achievement. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QthUIEepB_4

Jack Kirby DCM: the battle for Long Tan

YouTube

footage, 21 mins, 28 secs. Michael C Madden (producer).

Parliamentary hearing of the case to have WO2 Kirby’s award upgraded to the VC. Features the OC MAJ Harry Smith and political fugires of the time. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8jLRFT5jSE

Jungle Warfare Training Centre, Canungra

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

Accession Number F00403

Colour film – hour 1 minute, 30 seconds .

Originally an 8mm film coverage by Roy Savage of ‘C’ Coy 7 RAR training to go to Vietnam. Features firing of the Owen gun and SLR, snap shooting range, studies of troops, assault course including obstacles and jump tower. Now available at  http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F00403/

Kiwi – Victor 6

TVNZ

YouTube video:12 mins 4 secs.

Story of three soldiers – Privates Williams, Gallery and Pepuni – from V Company 4 RAR (ANZAC) finally decorated for bravery (by Australia) fifty years after the war in saving the lives of Australian tank crewmen hit by an RPG on 25 Jun 71 during Operation Hermit Park in Vietnam. A fourth soldier received the Military Medal at the time of the battle due to the awards quota system in place at the time. Accessible at https://youtu.be/eoWOqLVJgZE

Lieutenant Colonel J J Shelton takes command of 3 RAR from Lieutenant Colonel G J Leary (F03633)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

16mm film, black and white, 4 minutes

Coverage of change of command ceremony showing Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey James Shelton taking command of 3 RAR from Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey John Leary during the Vietnam War. Also available at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C218076 .

Lieutenant Norm Peatling: Coral Balmoral Flashback

YouTube

Video 4mins 13 secs.

Interview with one of the RAR veterans of the Battle of Coral Balmoral that involved 1 and 3 RAR in Vietnam. At the time he was a platoon commander. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQnkzbwJNYI

Long Tan: The True Story

Heritage

 YouTube, 1993

54 mins 06 secs.

Produced by Bruce Horsfield in conjunction with the Media Services Unit of University of Southern Queensland and WIN TV, this film tells the sotry of the D Coy 6 RAR and others’ famous battle. Accessible at https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Battle+of+Long+Tan+Documentary&&view=detail&mid=F2924A8C1DD70D3C395EF2924A8C1DD70D3C395E&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3DBattle%2Bof%2BLong%2BTan%2BDocumentary%26Form%3DVDRSCL%26%3D0

Minister farewells 6 RAR (F03771)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1966

Black and white, 16mm film, silent, 3 min, 4secs.

Also labelled DPR/TV/387, this film shows 6 RAR being reviewed by Minister Malcolm Fraser in 1996 for its tour of duty in Vietnam. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C249937

Murray Blake (Australian Army) Enemy Bunkers

Department of Veterans Affairs

YouTube video; 4 minutes 1 sec

Interview of General Blake about his experiences in Vietnam in April 1969 as OC D Coy 5 RAR in a bunker system attack for which he was awarded the MC. Accessible at https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/resources/murray-blake-australian-army-enemy-bunkers

Murray Blake, ‘Bludger’

UNSW Canberra

Australians at War Film Archive

41 minute film, with transcript available on line.

Interview on 6 Apr 2004 that addresses the career profile of Major General Blake whose RAR service included 3 RAR, CI Infantry Centre, 5 RAR  and 5/7 RAR which he commanded. Accessible at https://australiansatwarfilmarchive.unsw.edu.au/archive/1850

 

Music from the Vietnam War

YouTube

Audiovisual compilation 1 hr 1 minute 56 secs.

Few alive at the time will fail to associate with the songs played in this video visuals form Vietnam and the soundtracks. Every RAR veteran form that War will have vivid memories invoked by them. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDcRCHXQ9gs

O’NEILL, Robert – Robert O’Neill (Australian Army) Counter-Insurgency

Youtube video 2mins 26 secs in Anzac Portal

Department of Veterans Affairs release featuring Dr O’Neill who served in Vietnam with the 5 RAR during 1966-67 as an Intelligence Officer. Accessible at https://anzacportal.dva.gov.au/resources/robert-oneill-australian-army-counter-insurgency

Operation Ainslie (F03919)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

16mm, Black and white, silent, 3 mins 43 secs.

Also labelled DPR/TV/693, this film shows RAR troops deploying on this operation. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F03919

Operation Capital (F04305)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968

Colour TV footage, 5 minutes, 34 secs.

Also labelled DPR/TV/962, this film centres on Centurion Main Battle Tanks and M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers operating together with 3 and 4 RAR troops in Vietnam north of Nui Dat from 12-30 Oct 68. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C273652

 

Operation Paddington (F03897)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

16mm, Black and white, silent, 6 min 54 secs.

Also labelled DPR/TV/659, this film shows 2 RAR and 7 RAR and supporting arms and services deploying on this operation 8-16 Jul 67 in the area of Xuyen Moc, near Nui Dat, Vietnam. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C256043

Operation Harvest (F04672)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968

16mm film/b&w/silent, 4 mins, 10 secs.

Film shows 3 RAR and 3 Cav Regt crews and vehicles on Operation Harvest. Made by DPR (DPR/TV/951). See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C294825

Operational for 1 RAR (F03995)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968

16mm film, black and white, silent, 2 mins 3 secs.

Also coded as DPR/TV/823, this film depicts troops being airlifted from Luscombe Field in April 1968. (Identified: Captain John Robbins of Mosman, NSW)

Can be ordered by going to https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C256202

Puff the magic Dragon – the AC-47 Spooky Gunship

Dark Docs

9min 40 sec video.

Covers the creation and eventual employment of 53 AC-47, 4 of which served in Vietnam. RAR members experienced – some actually called in fire missions – of this aerial firepower support commonly known to Allies as Puff or Spooky. It is claimed that no allied base to receive this firepower support was lost to the enemy. Accessed at https://www.facebook.com/darkdocumentaries/videos/825966227817777/

RAAF squadrons in Vietnam [No 35 Squadron and No 9 Squadron RAAF] (F03310)

YouTube

Video, black and white, some sound, 9 mins 28 secs.

An Australian War Memorial film from the Vietnam War era. Focussed on the RAAF, it shows scenes involving RAR troops and the support by these two squadrons provided to all RAR battalions. Includes shots from an Iroquois gunship providing Mini-gun, rocket and door gunner operated M-60 machine gun. Also casualty evacuation by Iroquois helicopter (Dust off). Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F03310

 

SABBEN, Dave – In their words

Youtube black and white video, 2mins 20 secs

Interview of (then) 2LT Dave Sabben about the battle of Long Tan that involved 6 RAR, primarily D Coy. Includes combat footage. Author received the Medal for Gallantry for his actions many years after the war. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4lW7eBjglI

Super 8 soldiers (Aussies in South Vietnam) 1 of 3

YouTube

Mainly colour footage originally shot with 8 mm camera and now digitised.

9 mins 36 secs.

Veterans recall their experiences training for and deploying to Vietnam, with narration and music supporting this amateur filming. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naPzbNwmluw

Super 8 soldiers (Aussies in South Vietnam) 2 of 3

YouTube

Mainly colour footage originally shot with 8 mm camera and now digitised.

9 mins 38 secs.

Veterans recall their experiences training for and deploying to Vietnam, with narration and music supporting this amateur filming. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpaa59ruVfY

Tanks in operation (F04245)

Australian War Memorial , Canberra, 1968

16 mm Film DPR/TV/936, black and white, silent, 2mins 45 secs.

Film was shot on Operation Track Duster, an armoured/infantry operation near Thai Thien, 15 miles north west of Nui Dat, as APCs and Centurion tanks moved into a night ambush position along a waterway in Phuoc Tuy province. Ambush was not sprung during the night. 4 RAR/ANZAC troops involved. Further information is at http://www.4rarassociationsaustralia.com/stirrup-cup2017.html

TATE, Don and NELSON, Dr Brendon – Meeting at the AWM – 2nd D & E Platoon records

YouTube, 2019

Video, Colour, 10 mins 52 secs.

Record of a meeting between Tate and Dr Nelson (Director AWM) in March 2016 regarding the AWM’s refusal to release the 235 documents it holds concerning the 2n D & E platoon. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7K67IglBYA&feature=youtu.be

Ten foot tall and bullet proof

Jens Schroeder

YouTube footage, 20 mins, 24 secs.

Narrative by a National Serviceman of his, and others, typical service in Vietnam. Applicable to all RAR deployments to the Vietnam War, this video includes casualty rates, training, operations and a wide coverage of the typical Vietnam veteran’s experience. Accessible at https://vimeo.com/163979892

The 50th anniversary of the battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral

Department of Veterans Affairs

YouTube footage, 1 hr 36 mins 8 secs

Primarily the formal ceremony and parade conducted in Canberra on the anniversary of the largest and longest battle involving Australians in the Vietnam War. Involving 1 and 3 RAR and supporting arms and services, these battles were fought during 1968. Includes stills of the scene at the start of the footage, moving to the actual ceremony and speeches that recount much of the story. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u4JdHE3YjE

The 9th Battalion’s year in Vietnam (F04406)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1969

16mm film, DPR/TV/1205, black and white, sound, 11mins 3 secs

9 RAR’s year in Vietnam. Viewable at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C274336

The Australians in Vietnam (F10093)

Australian War Memorial

A Canadian tribute to the Australians serving in Vietnam produced by CBC News Toronto, Canada. Shown on ABC TV as a special news report and supplied to the AWM. Accessible from the AWM. Digitised status is not yet known.

The Battle of Binh Ba

Department of Veterans Affairs

YouTube footage, 15 mins

The Battle of Binh Ba, also known as Operation Hammer, was a battle that occurred from 6–8 June 1969 during the Vietnam War. This documentary, featuring some of the men who served, was played at the 50th anniversary commemorative service in Canberra in June 2019. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-nDxoO1v4E

The Battle of Long Tan

Animax Films, 2012

A documentary on the Battle for Long Tan, using sources form both sides f that epic fight involving 6 RAR and supporting arms and services and NZ and US firepower. One hour 41 minute documentary In High Definition. Narrated by Sam Worthington. See http:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=8q7pxux4

The Battle of Long Tan

Red Dunne Films, 2006

WALCH, Martin; a documentary film screened on the History Channel Foxtel and Austar on 16 August 2006.

The Battle of Long Tan: Australian Prime Minister present US Presidential Unit Citation – Vietnam War

Australian War Memorial/Red Dune films

YouTube film

Black and white, sound; 5 minutes, 27 seconds

Covers the parade at Lavarack Barracks Townsville where PM Gorton presents D Coy 6 RAR with their US Presidential Unit Citation. Accessible at https://battleoflongtan.com/medals-decorations-awards/

The Battle of Long Tan: Military Cross presentation to Major Harry Smith – Vietnam (F03833)

Australian War Memorial/Red Dune Films

Black and white, sound, 2 minutes, 21 seconds

Covers several of the awards made to members of D Coy 6 RAR, focussing on Major Harry Smith. Also online at https://battleoflongtan.com/medals-decorations-awards/

The Crater: A true Vietnam war story

Frontline Films and Spirited Films, 2020

David Bradbury Film, 58 minutes, available I DVD format and online at https://frontlinefilms.com.au/product/the-crater/

A personal story of one man’s tour of duty in Vietnam and his obsessive search to locate 42 former enemy soldiers Killed in Action so that their bodies can be returned to their families and their spirits put to rest. Based on 3 RAR, and features several veterans including Major-General Peter Phillips, AM, MC (Retd).

The Fighting Fifth return (F04779)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

YouTube, 5 mins 47 secs, silent, colour.

A home movie covering a Sydney city march and after of returned 5 RAR and RAAF from service in South Vietnam 12th May 1967. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YquRzcaJN3s

The fighting fifth (AKA Australians home from Vietnam (1967))

Cinesound Review

YouTube video 3 mins 14 secs.

Black and white footage of 5 RAR returning home in 1967 having served with the 1st Australia Task Force in Vietnam along with 6 RAR. Includes parade through Sydney. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOrd404X4hw

The 9th Battalion’s year in Vietnam (F04406)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1969

16mm film/b&w/silent, 11 mins 3 secs.

9 RAR’s year in Vietnam. Made by DPR (DPR/TV/1205). See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C274336

The most terrifying sounds of the Vietnam War

Anonymous creator

YouTube, 4 minutes 50 seconds.

This US-centric clip shows and provides the sounds of the war including B52s, Spooky gunships, Fighter ground attack, ground combat, and the silence when patrolling. Audibly and visually relevant to all RAR veterans who would have experiences most if not all of this.

The tunnels in Vietnam

Youtube

Coloured/sound; 20 mins 32 secs

Chris Masters (war correspondent in Afghanistan) narrates the use of tunnels by the enemy in Vietnam, and Australian’s fight with those enemy, especially underground and in countering the tunnel systems. Features many RAR veterans in interview and in scenes of action. All RARs had to deal with these tunnel systems. Accessible at https://veteranweb.asn.au/news/the-tunnels-in-vietnam/

Then and now tour of Nui Dat Australian Vietnam Base Long Tan Horseshoe

YouTube

video 20mins 17 secs, colour

Both real-time vision and the use of GoogleEarth technology allows both an aerial and land-based view of the many features and places well known to all members of the RAR who served in Vietnam. See at https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=4qaupiCp4GI&fbclid=IwAR1V8IsVJiDFQ7egrWJJa_nx7AkHxjyJm9XYV8hkzWEJ8rruGvBkXIqVV64&app=desktop

The sharp end: Witness of Vietnam – Part 1

Anonymous

YouTube film, 20 mins 39 secs.

Graphic account including combat footage of the war in Vietnam (some features RAR troops) with a range of RAR veterans interviewed about what it was really like to be there, many years after the war. Accessible at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm72B0i7Qc0

The sharp end: Witness of Vietnam – Part 2

Anonymous

YouTube film, 20 mins 38 secs.

Graphic account including combat footage of the war in Vietnam (some features RAR troops) with a range of RAR veterans interviewed about what it was really like to be there, many years after the war. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWT6A2aIUaI

The sharp end: Witness of Vietnam – Part 3

Anonymous

YouTube film, 20 mins 14 secs.

Graphic account including combat footage of the war in Vietnam (some features RAR troops) with a range of RAR veterans interviewed about what it was really like to be there, many years after the war. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u-aG87oBHA . This video require a sign on that is readily achieved on line.

The Vietnam War – conscription and training

YouTube

3 min 16 secs

Recorded by the Yarrawonga Neighbour House Oral History Group, it is narrated by Brian Cossar, OAM on 20 Feb 15, this video is his story as a national serviceman. He served in Vietnam with D & E Platoon at HQ 1 ATF, as an RAR soldier. His story will be well related to by all NS veterans. Accessible at https://veteranweb.asn.au/news/national-servicemans-interview/

The Vietnam war explained in 25 minutes

YouTube

28 minutes 35 seconds

American documentary which summarises the war in images and narrative. Mentions allied forces.

Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tNTh6KlXXU

The Vung Tau Ferry

YouTube

Video 7 mins 19 secs – black and white, sound

Made by Navy, the video shows HMAS Sydney in her configuration as a Fast Troop Transport undertook numerous voyages to Vietnam between 1965-1972. This short video records the voyage undertaken between 15 November 1969-12 December 1969, during which she carried members of 8 RAR to Vung Tau before returning to Sydney with members of 9 RAR. Accessible at https://www.navy.gov.au/history/videos/vung-tau-ferry

Three Kiwi soldiers recognised for outstanding bravery in Vietnam War

YouTube

12 mins 4 secs video.

More than fifty years ago, four NZ soldiers of 1 Platoon, Victor Coy 4 RAR/NZ fought in the Vietnam War. During a battle in 1971 during Operation Hermit Park, and under intense enemy fire, they carried out an act of extraordinary bravery – saving the lives of two Australians who’d been critically injured when a rocket-propelled grenade fired by the Viet Cong slammed into their tank which was supporting the 4 RAR attack. One of them was awarded the MM, but due to the quota system at the time that the Australian Government applied, the other three NZ soldiers missed out. Their own Government declined to make up the ‘shortfall’. Since 1971 their platoon commander pushed governments on both sides of the Tasman to award medals to these men. In 2021, the Australian Government belatedly awarded the three non-medallic recognition. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoWOqLVJgZE

Tiger Battalion arrives in Vietnam (F04289)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1970

YouTube 5 minutes 02 seconds

Also titled DPR/TV/1019, this black and white footage covers 5 RAR arriving on its second tour of duty in Vietnam. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_sN_nD-ttw

Tour of Vietnam 4 RAR and 9 RAR 1969 (F04756) – Part 1

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

8mm super/colour/Kodachrome)/silent; 17 mins 44 secs

Personal footage taken by (then) PTE Donald Tate in Vietnam and later converted to video. See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04756

Tour of Vietnam 4 RAR and 9 RAR 1969 (F04756) – Part 2

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

8mm super/colour/Kodachrome)/silent; 8 mins 01 secs

Personal footage taken by (then) PTE Donald Tate in Vietnam and later converted to video. See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04756

Tour of Vietnam 4 RAR and 9 RAR 1969 (F04756) – Part 3

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

8mm super/colour/Kodachrome)/silent; 46 mins 44 secs

Personal footage taken by (then) PTE Donald Tate in Vietnam and later converted to video. See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04756

VETS – Reflections of Aussie Vietnam veterans

YouTube

Coloured/sound: 24 mins 16 secs.

A compilation of interviews interspersed with footage of Australians in Vietnam, mainly the work of Jason Munn and produced by Michael Clarkin. Most are RAR members who are identified by name, unit and years of tour of duty in the sub-scripts. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIL7Ty0oBCw

Victor 4 Company Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment: Vietnam 1969-1970
ILA Productions

YouTube footage, 49 mins 32 secs

Story of V Coy (1 RNZWR) what was part of 6 RAR/NZ (ANZAC) in 1969-70 to serve in Vietnam. NZ-focused, this footage includes NZ veterans describing their tour of duty as part of 6 RAR. Accessible at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIj2SVFVXe8

Vietnam Minefield

YouTube video 52mins 05 secs

A 2005

Film Finance Corporation Australian Ltd Production, this video shows the major barrier minefield laid in Vietnam between Aril and May 1967, and from which mines were lifted by the enemy and used against Australian forces, resulting in mine causalities to every RAR battalion deployed, and others. Accessible at https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/the-screen-guide/t/vietnam-minefield-2005/19017/

Vietnam Veterans Parade Sydney, 1987

Australian Broadcasting Commission

Colour Youtube video, 46 mins 39 secs.

Live TV coverage of the very large parade conducted on the 25th Anniversary of the end of the war as a belated gesture. Known generally as the Welcome home parade, this one is in Sydney at Martin Place. Includes in-country footage as well as the veterans in 1987. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5CgTVItOWY

Vietnam War 1962 to 1975 Part 1 of 3

Anonymous

YouTube

14 minutes. Colour and sound

Excellent overview of the war in which all RAR battalions at the time and numerous RAR individuals in HQ and AATTV served. Accessible at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHoP6suXZm4

 

Vietnam War 1962 to 1975 Part 2 of 3

Anonymous

YouTube

14 minutes. Colour and sound

Excellent overview of the war in which all RAR battalions at the time and numerous RAR individuals in HQ and AATTV served. Accessible at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za9kTS9E3CU

 

Vietnam War 1962 to 1975 Part 3 of 3

Anonymous

YouTube

10 minutes 15 seconds. Colour and sound

Excellent overview of the war in which all RAR battalions at the time and numerous RAR individuals in HQ and AATTV served. Accessible at  https://www.pinterest.co.kr/pin/122863896055380178/

Vietnam War Aussie Airstrike

John Neervort cameraman

YouTube, 5 minutes, colour

Footage taken by (then 2LT John Neervort, 6 RAR during 1969-70 on their second tour. There is no commentary, but there are appropriate sounds of aircraft/guns/armour and background music. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au0W75-aTOs

Vietnam War Aussie Artillery

YouTube

John Neervort cameraman

5 minutes. Colour

Footage taken by (then 2LT John Neervort, 6 RAR during 1969-70 on their second tour. There is no commentary, but there are appropriate sounds of aircraft/guns/armour and background music. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7mDAMNvPYY

War Aussie Armour

John Neervort cameraman

YouTube

5 minutes. Colour

Footage taken by (then) 2LT John Neervort, 6 RAR during 1969-70 on their second tour. There is no commentary, but there are appropriate sounds of aircraft/guns/armour and background music. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FATinuPC4Aw

We band of brothers Vietnam – Films 1966-1967 – Part 1 – (6 RAR)

YouTube

Coloured video with sound; 24 mins 37 secs. Narration recorded by Reel2Reel.

First in a series narrated by Major Brian W MacFarlane (Retd). The voice over was laid in 2021 when McFarlane was 89 years old. This film covers 6 RAR’s first tour of duty in 1966-67 in Vietnam. McFarlane was OC C coy and then Bn 2IC. He returned to Vietnam on the unit’s second tour in Sep 1970 to Dec 1971. Part 1 covers deployment and initial in-country service typical of a battalion’s tour of duty. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnC4n8jiGIQ

We band of brothers Vietnam – Films 1966-1967 – Part 2 – (6 RAR)

YouTube

Coloured video with sound; 28 mins 31 secs. Narration recorded by Reel2Reel.

Second in a series narrated by Major Brian W MacFarlane (Retd). The voice over was laid in 2021 when McFarlane was 89 years old. This film covers 6 RAR’s first tour of duty in 1966-67 in Vietnam. McFarlane was OC C coy and then Bn 2IC. He returned to Vietnam on the unit’s second tour in Sep 1970 to Dec 1971. Part 2 covers operations including good footage of fire support and air support as well as aerial shots and operations. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyzulyFUhA8

 

We band of brothers Vietnam – Films 1966-1967 – Part 3 – (6 RAR)

YouTube

Coloured video with sound; 24 mins 59 secs. Narration recorded by Reel2Reel.

Third in a series narrated by Major Brian W MacFarlane (Retd). The voice over was laid in 2021 when McFarlane was 89 years old. This film covers 6 RAR’s first tour of duty in 1966-67 in Vietnam. McFarlane was OC C coy and then Bn 2IC. He returned to Vietnam on the unit’s second tour in Sep 1970 to Dec 1971. Part 3 includes village and town scenes, and operations including air transport and M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers, defensive works. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S29mfCMsG7g

We band of brothers Vietnam – Films 1966-1967 – Part 4 – (6 RAR)

YouTube

Coloured video with sound; 12 mins 47 secs. Narration recorded by Reel2Reel.

Fourth in a series narrated by Major Brian W MacFarlane (Retd). The voice over was laid in 2021 when McFarlane was 89 years old. This film covers 6 RAR’s first tour of duty in 1966-67 in Vietnam. McFarlane was OC C coy and then Bn 2IC. He returned to Vietnam on the unit’s second tour in Sep 1970 to Dec 1971. Part 4 includes coverage of Saigon, and then operations when McFarlane had moved to Bn 2IC, first tour. Includes Operation Portsea, reference to Long Tan, and the last patrol before 6 RAR. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNb4Gbl6GeY&list=PL_VW1EbA1P94smWb4sSIQB7LS7anQhdlB&index=4

 

 We band of brothers Vietnam – Films 1966-1967 – Part 5 – (6 RAR)

YouTube

Coloured video with sound; 27 mins 13 secs. Narration recorded by Reel2Reel.

Fifth in a series narrated by Major Brian W MacFarlane (Retd). The voice over was laid in 2021 when McFarlane was 89 years old. This film covers 6 RAR’s first tour of duty in 1966-67 in Vietnam. McFarlane was OC C coy and then Bn 2IC. He returned to Vietnam on the unit’s second tour in Sep 1970 to Dec 1971. Part 5 includes the departure from Nui Dat mainly via Chinook direct onto the HMAS Sydney and then the trip home. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J29SPAm_L_s&list=PL_VW1EbA1P94smWb4sSIQB7LS7anQhdlB&index=5

We band of brothers Vietnam – Films 1966-1967 – Part 6 – (6 RAR)

YouTube

Coloured video with sound; 13 mins 33 secs. Narration recorded by Reel2Reel.

Sixth in a series narrated by Major Brian W MacFarlane (Retd). The voice over was laid in 2021 when McFarlane was 89 years old. This film covers 6 RAR’s first tour of duty in 1966-67 in Vietnam. McFarlane was OC C coy and then Bn 2IC. He returned to Vietnam on the unit’s second tour in Sep 1970 to Dec 1971. Part 6 includes the arrival in Brisbane, the welcome home march and dispersal including to holiday locations. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDPlCW6Py9M&list=PL_VW1EbA1P94smWb4sSIQB7LS7anQhdlB&index=6

We band of brothers Vietnam – Films 1970-1971 – Part 7 – (6 RAR)

YouTube

Coloured video with sound; 15 mins 43 secs. Narration recorded by Reel2Reel.

Seventh in a series narrated by Major Brian W MacFarlane (Retd). The voice over was laid in 2021 when McFarlane was 89 years old. Parts 1 to 6 in this series covers 6 RAR’s second tour of duty from September 1970 to December 1971 in Vietnam. Part 7 includes arrival at Lipscombe Field and panoramic views with narration of the US and ARVN general dispositions between Nui Dat and Saigon. Useful narrative about the war in general including relationships between the RAR troops and other allies and the local population. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMs-ClVpT5s&list=PL_VW1EbA1P94P9x3UmmpYGwDC7EEZH_zs&index=7

We band of brothers Vietnam – Films 1970-1971 – Part 8 – (6 RAR)

YouTube

Coloured video with sound; 10 mins 18 secs. Narration recorded by Reel2Reel.

Eighth in a series narrated by Major Brian W MacFarlane (Retd). The voice over was laid in 2021 when McFarlane was 89 years old. Parts 1 to 6 in this series covers 6 RAR’s second tour of duty from September 1970 to December 1971 in Vietnam. Part 8 shows field operations including Operation Overlord (Jun 71), relocation of HQ 1st TF to Courtney Hill, fire support bases and aerial reconnaissance. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kq15VEpi75g&list=PL_VW1EbA1P94P9x3UmmpYGwDC7EEZH_zs&index=8

 

We band of brothers Vietnam – Films 1970-1971 – Part 9 – (6 RAR)

YouTube

Coloured video with sound; 10 mins 38 secs. Narration recorded by Reel2Reel.

Ninth in a series narrated by Major Brian W MacFarlane (Retd). The voice over was laid in 2021 when McFarlane was 89 years old. Parts 1 to 6 in this series covers 6 RAR’s second tour of duty from September 1970 to December 1971 in Vietnam. Part 9 includes field operations the ambush of the D & E platoon, and extensive airstrike support with 7RAR sending MAJ Ivan Cahill’s company to the rescue. Remarkable US F4 Phantom bombing runs captured. Further road vision which shows the lay of the land in Jn 71 just after 3 RAR and the Australian tanks had returned to Australia and the TF reduced to two battalions. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no3hYe2gV04&list=PL_VW1EbA1P94P9x3UmmpYGwDC7EEZH_zs&index=9

We band of brothers Vietnam – Films 1970-1971 – Part 10 – (6 RAR)

YouTube

Coloured video with sound; 4 mins 54 secs. Narration recorded by Reel2Reel.

Tenth in a series narrated by Major Brian W MacFarlane (Retd). The voice over was laid in 2021 when McFarlane was 89 years old. Parts 1 to 6 in this series covers 6 RAR’s second tour of duty from September 1970 to December 1971 in Vietnam. Part 10 includes closing down operations at the Nui Dat base with 4 RAR tasked with rearguard duties as the TF HQ packs up and it and 7 RAR move to Vung Tau. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqJ5Z49wRzY&list=PL_VW1EbA1P94P9x3UmmpYGwDC7EEZH_zs&index=10

We band of brothers Vietnam – Films 1970-1971 – Part 11 – (6 RAR)

YouTube

Coloured video with sound; 13 mins 38 secs. Narration recorded by Reel2Reel.

Eleventh in a series narrated by Major Brian W MacFarlane (Retd). The voice over was laid in 2021 when McFarlane was 89 years old. Parts 1 to 6 in this series covers 6 RAR’s second tour of duty from September 1970 to December 1971 in Vietnam. Part 11 includes final flyback to Nui Dat where 4 RAR was holding until proposed handover of the base to the ARVN who did not take up the major infrastructure offered when Australian troops left. Good coverage of the Logistic Support Group location at Vung Tau. Commentary on the Jeparit which was taken over by Navy when Australian unions refused to load it, and other civilian vessals being protected by the RAN in the harbour. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39fl_eUEgdw&list=PL_VW1EbA1P94P9x3UmmpYGwDC7EEZH_zs&index=11

We band of brothers Vietnam – Films 1970-1971 – Part 12 – (6 RAR)

YouTube

Coloured video with sound; 7 mins 25 secs. Narration recorded by Reel2Reel.

Twelfth and final in a series narrated by Major Brian W MacFarlane (Retd). The voice over was laid in 2021 when McFarlane was 89 years old. Parts 1 to 6 in this series covers 6 RAR’s second tour of duty from September 1970 to December 1971 in Vietnam. Part 12 includes general footage of both 7 RAR and 4 RAR troops during the wind down period. Good footage of the move of support troops as well to Vung Tau and commentary on what might happen after the Australians left. Final shots are aerial ones of the TF now fully deserted, being looted by Vietnamese and then footage around Saigon prior to return to Australia. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnzFMgqz41Q&list=PL_VW1EbA1P94P9x3UmmpYGwDC7EEZH_zs&index=12

Vietnam War Aussie Infantry

John Neervort cameraman

YouTube

5 minutes. Colour

Footage taken by (then 2LT John Neervort, 6 RAR during 1969-70 on their second tour. There is no commentary, but there are appropriate sounds of aircraft/guns/armour and background music. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9tpxCqskFE

Vietnam War Aussie Hueys

John Neervort cameraman

YouTube

5 minutes. Colour

Footage taken by (then 2LT John Neervort, 6 RAR during 1969-70 on their second tour. There is no commentary, but there are appropriate sounds of aircraft/guns/armour and background music. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtoTbN3BHhI

Vietnam War Aussie Navy

John Neervort cameraman

YouTube

5 minutes. Colour

Footage taken by (then 2LT John Neervort, 6 RAR during 1969-70 on their second tour. There is no commentary, but there are appropriate sounds of aircraft/guns/armour and background music. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdS926B_xVU

Vietnam War Aussie R&C Vung Tau

John Neervort cameraman

YouTube

5 minutes. Colour

Footage taken by (then 2LT John Neervort, 6 RAR during 1969-70 on their second tour. There is no commentary, but there are appropriate sounds of aircraft/guns/armour and background music. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdAe0lZhSnM 

The Odd Angry Shot

Village Roadshow, 1979

35mm film/DVD

A fictionalised story of a small group of SASR serving in South Vietnam. Issues and environments faced, both in the field and out of it, are indicative of RAR operations. Stars Graeme Kennedy.

Vietnam War films

Bing

Unrestricted access to a large quantity of short films on the Vietnam that feature Australians including RAR personnel and units is at http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=vietnam+war+australia&FORM=HDRSC3#a

 

PEACE KEEPING & PEACE MAKING OPERATIONS

(Somalia 1992-93, Rwanda 1994-95, Cambodia 1994-95, Papua New Guinea 1946 to 1975, East Timor 1999-2012, Bougainville 1994, The Solomon Islands 2000 -2008, all remaining deployments not covered by UN or above (Rhodesia, Uganda)

1 RAR Operation Solace Somalia (F04174)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1993

8 mm super colour (Kodachrome) silent film. Now digitised.

Filmed by 1 RAR during Operation Solace in Somalia. Scenes include: office work; communication equipment; seated soldiers; local people and children; administration of vaccines and medical care; civilian aid workers; ADF camp area and vehicles; accommodation tents and facilities; vehicle maintenance; post box; trucks, tractors and forklift; camp scenes; supplies; watchtower; camp perimeter fence and views; washing; food preparation and cooking; washing hands; eating; patrolling a local village; villagers awaiting supplies; establishing wire perimeter; local people and children; cleaning weapons; camp accommodation and facilities; talking with local people; soldiers around truck; self – defence practice; medical care. parade and drill with packs; helicopter landing; searching local truck; tank; camp beds in the field; 8 Section 3 Platoon Baidoa foot patrol (29 April 1993); trucks and heavy vehicles; high pressure cleaning; eating; medical care; camp scenes; confiscated weapons. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C268729

A debt of honour – Australia East Timor Documentary

Australian Film Commission, Sydney, 2005

YouTube video 43 mins 50 secs

In conjunction with Nine Network, this production focuses on 3 RAR AUSBATT in East Timor. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jqzp9xqeoug

Australia remembers Operation Tamar

ABC News

Utube video; 46 mins 2 secs.

Good footage of actual deployment interspersed with a speech on the 25th anniversary of the deployment that included elements of 2 and 2/4 RAR to Rwanda. Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfX5hDM0M4Y

A Debt of Honour: Australian East Timor Documentary

Nine Network Australia

YouTube, 2005; 43 mins 53 secs

A documentary produces in Association with Australian Film Commission. Features 3 RAR in East Timor. At https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jqzp9xqeoug

Diesel dust and camel dung: 8 Pl Charlie Coy 1 RAR Somalia in 1993

YouTube video 4 mins, 45 secs.

Personal stills footage of a 1 RAR sub-unit deployed to Somalia in 1993. Shows typical places and experiences faced during that deployment. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs1Re_L-ZkM

Lest we forget: 8 Pl Charlie Coy 1 RAR Somalia in 1993

YouTube video 4 mins, 2 secs.

Personally produced and posted stills footage of a 1 RAR sub-unit deployed to Somalia in 1993. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-nbwG2ySrI

 

Pure massacre: soldiers reflect on Rwandan massacre

Big Sky Publishing

Online 6.14 mins trailer to Kevin O’Halloran’s book.

Involved 2 RAR soldiers in April 1995 in Rwanda. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ivlWwthB-g for interviews and graphic footage of the Kebeho massacre.

Rebirth of East Timor

Patricia/Macumba International, 2002

YouTube, 57 mins 51secs

Documentary of the leadup to and conduct of the war in East Timor. UNTAET was established on 25 October 1999 to administer the Territory, exercise legislative and executive authority during the transition period and support capacity-building for self-government. East Timor became an independent country on 20 May 2002. Also that day, UNTAET was succeeded by the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) to provide assistance to core administrative structures critical to the viability and political stability of East Timor. Features General Cosgrove in interview and a range of RAR troops. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENhBidi1bss

Rwanda peacekeepers honoured 25 years on

AAP/Nine News

YouTube, 1 min 50 secs.

Media coverage of the ceremonial service to honour the veterans of Operation Tamar Jul 94 to Mar 96 for which the Meritorious Citation Warrant was awarded for this event. Troops from 2 RAR and 2/4 RAR were included in the deployment for this Operation. See https://www.9news.com.au/national/war-rwanda-peacekeepers-honoured-25-years-on/ae96d10e-29c0-42bd-aa8e-12e965bd4d95

 

Somalia – a century of service

Australian War Memorial

YouTube video, 3 mins 4 secs.

Addresses the conflict in Somalia 1992-3 and features 1 RAR prominently.

Why are the British military training Uganda’s soldiers?

Forces TV

YouTube, 15 mins 18 seconds

Forces TV production that shows British troops of Commonwealth Military Training Team Uganda (CMTTU) 1982-1984 with whom RAR members performed the same duties in four teams deployed form Australia. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RVG7gPBFRY

IRAQ 2003-09 and 2014–ongoing

Desert Dust – Australian troops in Southern Iraq

YouTube, 2006

Video; 17 mins, 47 secs.

Presented by Journeyman Pictures featuring Overwatch Battle Group – West 1 (OBG (W)-1 under command Mick May conducting security operations in Iraq. Footage taken in the period Sep-Nov 06. Includes 2RAR and 6 RAR personnel, and 2/14 LHR.

Op Falconer (F08148)

Australian War Memorial

Video footage, 90 minutes, 43 seconds

Covers cleared footage of Operations Bastille, Falconer and Catalyst Iraq 2003. Some of the Army component includes 4 RAR (Commando) conducting a MIG 25 search and clear operation.

Skin in the game – 7 RAR’s deployment to Taji, Iraq

YouTube, 14 mins 21 secs.

AWM staff interview and document this tour of duty during 2013, Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbT9Sr6wOqo

AFGHANISTAN 2006-2021

Afghanistan: The Australian Experience – Tarin Kot, 2011 (F09579)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2013

YouTube film, 31 min 30 sec, produced by John Martinkus

The first of three documentaries created by the AWM. This film, shot in 2011, shows the world of the Australian soldier whose day to day realities include training Afghan National Army members and disposing of Improvised Explosive Devices, identified as the biggest single threat to Australian troops in Afghanistan. RAR troops are featured. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxDmowisp1I

 

Australian Army Montage

Department of Defence, Canberra, 2021

YouTube video 4 mins 09 secs.

Features a range of scenes including footage from Afghanistan involving both RAR and SASR troops. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gd98wPSAaxY

Australian ASLAVs in Afghanistan

YouTube, 2016

4 mins 38 secs.

Includes live contact footage from an anonymous source; probably crewmen in the ASLAVs who appear to have compiled the footage. Shows both mounted and dismounted RAR troops. No clear identification of what unit/sub-unit is yet made. Scenes typical of those facing many veterans. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT0Atce13jI

Australian Patrol Bases – Uruzgan Province (F09580)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2014

YouTube film, 17 min 31 sec, produced by John Martinkus

The second of three documentaries created by the AWM on Afghanistan, this film, shot during 2011, features the inhabitants and surrounds of Patrol Base Samad, one of the newer bases in the Baluchi Valley of Uruzgan Province, and insight into Australian operations at Patrol Base Mirwais. Extensive footage of Chinook helicopter operations including resupply and operations. RAR troops are featured. Available at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj-vCBfVWAM

B Coy 5/7 RAR Operation Slipper 1 RTF

YouTube film, 13 mins 12 secs.

Depicts this company on patrol in Afghanistan, 2013. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81yxAzlBYMY

 

 Ben Robert-Smith VC MG: An Australian Hero Part 1

Channel 7, 2012.

YouTube video, 2012, 14min 40 sec.

Producer: Alex Garipol for Sunday Night

Documentary on Roberts-Smith, formerly an RAR member, the third Australian VC recipient in Afghanistan. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWeNS1CS7yc

 

 Ben Robert-Smith VC MG: An Australian Hero Part 2

Channel 7, 2012

YouTube video,  9 min 30 sec.

Producer: Alex Garipol for Sunday Night

Documentary on Roberts-Smith, formerly an RAR member, the third Australian VC recipient in Afghanistan. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj3GgTHVYXc

McGREGOR, Catherine – Our longest war finally comes to an end

Sky News – The McGregor Angle, 2021

 YouTube video, 10 min 38 sec.

Commentary by a veteran of the War in Afghanistan in which she notes that Australians have been in continuous combat for the entire 21 st century to date. She addresses the relative use of combat troops in Afghanistan, critiquing the disproportionate use of SASR compared to the RAR-centric units deployed. Accessible at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anGR5oD7rPc

Private Paul Warren (F09688)

 Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2013

Video film 19 mins 18 secs.

Interview of Warren (1 RAR) who was a 30 year old Muay Thai boxing champion when he deployed to Afghanistan with Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force 2. Out on patrol on 18 July 2009 he lost his right leg when an IED exploded beneath him. The same blast killed his friend, Private Benjamin Renaud. Accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1422258

Skin in the game – 7 RAR’s deployment to Taji, Iraq

YouTube, 14 mins 21 secs.

AWM staff interview and document this tour of duty during 2013, Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbT9Sr6wOqo

TG Taji trains Iraqi’s 5 Brigade

CONTACT magazine, 2019

YouTube video, 2 min 37 secs.

Footage shot in May 2019 of TF Taji Australian troops training Iraqis in-country. Includes heavy weapons and fighting in urban terrain.. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDTsz8vSQvc&feature=youtu.be

The commando’s father with Doug Baird

YouTube

Podcast that is also in video format – 38 mins10 secs.

The story of Corporal Cameron Baird VC, MG both an RAR and 2 Commando Regt member. Partly narrated by his father Doug. Baird was awarded the 100th VC for action on 22 Jun 13 in Afghanistan. He was killed in action. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fIIMIpRxxE

The Last Commando – Part 1

ABC, 2014

Youtube video, 27 min 58 sec.

Program was originally shown on Australian Story on ABC TV. The first of two Parts to cover the life and death of Corporal Cameron Baird, VC, MG,  serving with 2 Commando Regiment at the time he was killed in action, and previously of 4 RAR. Baird was posthumously awarded the 100th VC to an Australian during the Australian deployments to Afghanistan.   Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcmrIFN2V9w&t=177s

The Last Commando – Part 2

ABC, 2014

Youtube video, 29 min 39 sec.

Program was originally shown on Australian Story on ABC TV. The first of two Parts to cover the life and death of Corporal Cameron Baird, VC, MG,  serving with 2 Commando Regiment at the time he was killed in action, and previously of 4 RAR. Baird was posthumously awarded the 100th VC to an Australian during the Australian deployments to Afghanistan.   Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT8e5qCWz1s

Passport control at Hamid Karzai International Airport Kabul

Department of Defence, Canberra, 2021

YouTube footage published on the CONTACT Magazine website. 4 mins 37 secs.

Features a Ready Combat Ream based on B Coy 1 RAR conducting a Services Protected Evacuation of Australian nationals and eligible Afghan passport holders onto RAAF aircraft in Sep 21. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiqYYK2TtTY

Trooper Mark Donaldson, VC aussie of the year 2010

ABC, 2010

YouTube film, 6 min 23 sec.

Documentary featuring Donaldson, formerly an RAR member, who was the first Australian VC recipient in Afghanistan. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5S5MyTZRcY

Troops arrive home after Kabul-evac mission

Department of Defence, Canberra, 2021

YouTube footage published on the CONTACT Magazine website. 3 mins 33 secs.

Features a Ready Combat Ream based on B Coy 1 RAR and RAAF personnel returning home via Brisbane following the conduct of a Services Protected Evacuation of Australian nationals and eligible Afghan passport holders in Sep 21. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtzJw01ruZM

HUMANITARIAN/DEFENCE AID TO THE CIVIL COMMUNITY

(Civilian Humanitarian Disaster ops (incl Darwin 1975 and other cyclones and floods, overseas eg PNG, Indian Ocean, and lately, Border Operations, and DACC (non-disaster) eg Olympics and Commonwealth Games and other government support eg APEC, G20)

ADF supports Pacific Islands family in times of crisis

YouTube

Video; 2 mins 22 secs

On 3 Dec 21 the ADF deployed personnel to the Solomon Islands to work with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force to restore calm in the capital Honiara after recent civil unrest under the 2017 Bilateral Security Treaty. Around 100 ADF personnel joined contingents from the Australian Federal Police, contingents from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. ADF members included the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters, Army’s 3rd Brigade which includes RAR troops, 6th Brigade, and 17th Brigade, RAAF No. 4 Squadron, and HMAS Armidale. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJxvyi44tcQ

When will the birds return

Film Australia, Sydney, 1975

50 minute video

Executive Producer was Tim Read. This film shows the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy which largely destroyed Darwin on Christmas Day 1974. Field Force Darwin was the name of the ADF disaster relief force and included 5/7 RAR initially followed by 6 RAR, each deployment for many weeks each, working seven days a week. These units were supported by a range of others in the relief effort that went for months. Aside from at least one CO receiving the AM, no medallic recognition was afforded all ranks who deployed, unlike more recent disaster relief efforts. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5b4fDiSoTU

                           

FUTURE/NEXT

1 RAR AMO insertion and 2 RAR amphib landing

Department of Defence, Canberra, 2018

YouTube video 1 mins 14 secs.

Footage of 1 RAR and 2 RAR troops in training. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5A3bdGkUTFc

2nd Battalion (Amphibious) Royal Australian Regiment

Australian Army

YouTube vidoe, 1 min 41 sec.

General promotion of the unit’s role as an amphibious battalion. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiXyj-8ZlCo

2 RAR Integrated Sniper Recon Training

Australian Army

YouTube video,  1 min 30 sec.

Shows 2 RAR and US Army snipers training together on Exercise RIMPAC 2018. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChZoqOd3TbM

2 RAR live fire exercise

Department of Defence, Canberra, 2015

YouTube video 1 mins 25 secs.

(2RAR) conducted live firing activities in Bradshaw Field Training Area (BFTA) in Northern Territory over 15 – 18 July as part of their final phase for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 (EX TS15). Features the CO LTCOL Michael Bassingwaighte. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4P9oZKN7xhk

2 RAR Multi-national landing force flight deck live fire

Australian Government – Defence

YouTube 40 sec video

2 RAR troops engaged in live firing during RIMPAC 22 off HMAS Canberra. Accessible at https://www.contactairlandandsea.com/2022/07/13/infantry-sea-a-new-way-to-train/

2 RAR RSM message to troops

Department of Defence, Canberra, 2018

YouTube video 0 mins 56 secs.

Exercise Rim of the Pacific 18 (RIMPAC 18) is a biennial military training exercise to strengthen international maritime partnerships, enhance interoperability and improve the readiness of participating forces for a wide range of potential operations. The Australian Defence Force deployed HMA Ships Adelaide, Success, Toowoomba, Melbourne and Rankin, an amphibious landing force from 2RAR. The multinational activity, held from 27 June to 2 August 2018 in Hawaii and off the coast of California, is the world’s largest maritime exercise and includes 25,000 personnel from 25 countries. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NQjX7TmSJk

2 RAR – Second to none

Department of Defence, Canberra, 2021

YouTube video 3 mins 11 seconds.

A light-hearted visual of 2 RAR soldiers live firing a range of weapons toa Creedence Clearwater Revival track. Demonstrates weapons of the time of publication. Accessible at 2Rar, Second to none. Duty First – YouTube

3 RAR Basic Reconnaissance Course 2014

Australian Army

YouTube video,  3 mins 29 secs.

Shows training in unit course. Accessible at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTq6wF6vvSk

Army’s 6th Battalion sniper cell fine-tunes their weapons

Department of Defence

Australian Army

YouTube video 59 secs.

6 RAR snipers in training early 2022 with 50 cal Barrett M82A1 sniper rifle. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZC-2y7hMpQ

Australian army soldiers trade land for seas with the Royal Australian Navy

YouTube

Video, 2mins 12 secs

Shows 2 RAR in their Amphibious role engaged in training at sea with HMAS Canberra. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNWuN6qeGqU

Australian troops show off their war fighting skills during military exercise

YouTube

Video, 10 mins 47 secs

Shows live fire and other training at conducted in 2017 during Exercise Talisman Saber. Many of the troops seen in the footage are RAR. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqbfJRuaUQY

Building up Infantry resilience – Exercise Hardcorps

Department of Defence, Canberra, 2021

YouTube video 2 mins 49 secs.

Exercise Hardcorps is the hardest test for soldiers at the School of Infantry. During the exercise, sections competed in stands that tested their mental and physical fitness including a 20km pack march, bayonet assault course, casualty evacuation, and a 25-metre range shoot. It’s a way of building up resilience by pushing them through mental and physical limits that make them ready for warfighting. The culmination of the exercise is celebrated by earning the Skippy Badge for their hat puggaree, which symbolises they are ready to move into their RAR posting. Features RAR staff including Major Joel Bevan. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZodFT3boKc

Capturing the beachhead – Exercise Sea Explorer

Department of Defence, Canberra, 2021

YouTube video 3 mins 18 secs.

Features 2 and 3 RAR and other units aboard HMAS Choules, and conducting amphibious and helo landings. Accessible at Capturing the beachhead – Exercise Sea Explorer – YouTube

Combined arms fire on Exercise Diamond Walk

Department of Defence

YouTube 2 mins 32 secs in VeteranWeb.

Exercise Diamond Walk 21 took place at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area. The 7th Combat Brigade exercise was designed to practice mounted combined arms capability. This reference features footage of combined arms live firing which includes 6 RAR. Tanks, artillery, ATGS, support weapons and all infantry weapons. Accessible at https://veteranweb.asn.au/blog/

Do not go gentle into that good night – 2RAR Amphibious “ Duty First”

Department of Defence, Canberra, 2021

YouTube video 2 mins 19 secs.

General night operations footage featuring 2 RAR in training. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TagwWG8TWvA

HEDDERMAN, Billy – Unbowed: a soldier’s extraordinary journey back from paralysis (video story)

The story of an ex-Irish Army officer with service in Chad, Bosnia and the Middle East who then joined the Australian Army to serve with 6 RAR. Includes the account of his partial recovery from paralysis.

Video clip at https://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/books/unbowed/ to support the book listed in Part 3.

Live fire exercises commemorate Battle of Maryang-San milestone

Department of Defence, Canberra, 2021

YouTube video 2 mins 42 secs.

3RAR (Support Company) honed their skills on basic sniper, mortars, reconnaissance and direct fire support during training courses at Townsville Field Training Area. 3 RAR) conducted the support capability training to generate specialist capability platoons during Exercise Maryang-San from 13 September to 5 November 2021. The support course activities ended with a Live Fire Exercise in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of 3 RAR’s involvement in the Battle of Maryang-San in Korea. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvrqRr5DC_M

New look Regional Combat Team Warfighter training exercise (1RAR)

Department of Defence, Canberra, 2021

YouTube video 2 mins 02 secs.

Soldiers from 1RAR Ready Combat Team (RCT) completed the new Regional Combat Team Warfighter Exercise at the Jungle Training Wing in Tully and at the Cowley Beach Training Area in Far North Queensland. The RCT roled as the Air Mobile Combat Team of the Australian Amphibious Force operating and fighting in dense jungle, urban facilities and coastal terrain. They completed a range of dismounted missions including reconnaissance, patrolling, rural village clearances, ambushing, attacks and defensive actions. Accessible at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ-bvDynXpQ