You gotta love the SLRs, with the early 203s on the bottom and the LMG mag. We have one in the Army museum in Waiouru, there are a couple short barrelled (cut down) ones there too.
Pictures are from 1968 to 1974 (all pics are from AWM)
Australian and US Military Police Saigon (1970?)
On Alert patrol
Found a VC AP mine somewhere in the jungle
On sharp look out with WW2 Owen SMG
Aussie tank support
Australian APC hit by VC RPG Driver wounded
What left of APC after the fire
Tracker team of 2RAR/NZ (ANZAC) the ANZAC Battalion 1970
VC hide outs tunnels
VC POW giving drink
1968 NUI DAT VC/NVA POW camp by 1st Australian taskforce for POWs possible a temp camp?
Battle of Long Tan film
Here is the trailer for the critically acclaimed documentary on the Battle of Long Tan which screened on The History Channel in Australia and New Zealand on 16 August 2006.
The battle of Long Tan saw 108 young Australian and New Zealand soldiers fight and defeat 2,500 enemy Viet Cong and NVA troops in a rubber plantation in South Vietnam on 18 August 1966. 18 Australians were killed and some 500-800 VC and NVA were killed.
Well I know how you spent your Sunday morning Wal. Cheers mate, good pics.
A small contribution...
"By December 1944 the Army had advanced almost to Ravenna (Italy) and two weeks before Christmas the Squadron moved north again to Cesenatico between Rimini and Ravenna. At this time, 253 Wing, comprised of 454 (RAAF), 15 (SAAF), and 500 (RAF) Squadrons, was the most forward bomber wing in the Italian Theatre. 15 miles north, gunfire was heard, barrages felt through the trembling ground and at night, the sky was lit as the Hun strived vainly to retake Ravenna with his heavy guns and Panzer divisions. Operations here, in addition to close-support work extended to long range targets, Cervignano, Castigliano and Castelfranco Veneto all receiving unwelcome attention."
RAAF 454 Sqn Baltimores bombing the rail yards at Castelfranco Veneto 28 Dec 1944.
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Look at all the farm yards, now I know why the 3 Italians POW work on my Grandparent farm in Moorabbin (victoria) in WW2 without guards! as long they returns to POW camp (Rowville) at certain time every day.
The last pics looks like the bombs missed the rail yards and I dont think the farmers would be happy having bombs falling on their paddocks but that was war.
If you Google Earth / Maps Castelfranco Veneto, it doesn't look all that different today. Still lots of surrounding farmland, and the wooded area to the east is still there. The distinct square-shaped castle is a good landmark.
POW camp at Rowville. well you learn something every day
Yeah do you know where it is? if not I give you the answer
p.s. it the only closet POW camp to Moorabbin that I can think of, the rest were in outer in todays Western Subs.
no idea,... Stud road???Yeah do you know where it is?
Another interesting find...
Further clippings: Here
Original site: Here.
"A borrowed M109 from the Americans. Though they were attached to the Tankies they were manned by the following: 2 Tankies as driver and navigator 2 Artillery men as layers and 2 infantry men as gun numbers. They were in action before the Government announced that a further Artillery Battery would be allowed into Vietnam. They were attached to 9 squadron tankies and served a lot of time at the horseshoe."
Fantastic galleries. Well worth a visit.
In 1942 a military training camp was placed on a site at Rowville which later became the SPI PowerNet high voltage substation. The original Army Camp accommodated tactical response Australian troops, American troops destined for war in the islands north of Australia, and finally prisoners of war for Italians.
it's the only Italian POW shot in captivity while trying to escape in Australia.
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