Photos Aussies and Kiwi's in Vietnam

Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam. May 1970. The Special Air Services (SAS) men, weary and dirty, but happy, return to the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) base at Nui Dat. Left to right: Lance Corporal George Mach of Claremont, WA; Sergeant John O'Keefe of Balga, WA; Trooper Dave Crompton of Mt Waverley, Vic.

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Nui Dat, South Vietnam. 1968-04. Troops of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), on board helicopters of an American assault helicopter company at the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) Base. Some of the aircraft were piloted by Royal Australian Navy officers, who were integrated into the 135th Assault Helicopter Company, a US Army unit. Note the mounted machine gun at an observation post.

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Nui Dat, South Vietnam. January 1971. Chaplain Allen Greenshields, a Church of England padre, nurses a young Vietnamese girl, as he gives other local Vietnamese children an English lesson. Chaplain Greenshields is the coordinating Chaplain at the 1st Australian Task Force Base (1ATF).

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Nui Dat, South Vietnam. 1969-02-02. The outgoing 1st Australian Task Force Deputy Commander, Colonel Donald Dunstan of Prospect, SA (left), welcomes his replacement, Colonel K. S. McKenzie of Kelvin Grove, Qld.

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Nui Dat, South Vietnam. 1969-07. This tiny monkey was bought by engineers of the 1st Field Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) while building a bridge in a remote part of the Phuoc Tuy Province. The mascot lies on the head of Trooper (Tpr) John Catterall of Drouin, Vic. Tpr Catterall is a member of B Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, which is providing protection for the engineers.

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VIETNAM. 1966-08-19. TROOPS OF 6TH BATTALION, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT (6RAR) ON BOARD ARMOURED PERSONNEL CARRIERS (APC'S) OF NO 1 APC SQUADRON WAITING TO RETURN TO BASE AT NUI DAT AFTER THE LONG TAN BATTLE DURING OPERATION SMITHFIELD.

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Nui Dat, South Vietnam. 1967. Tracker dog, Tiber, strains at the leash held by handler Lance Corporal Norm Cameron of Kingston, SA, as a RAAF helicopter takes off from Porky 7 landing pad at the 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR) base camp at 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF), to carry out winching practice.

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Nui Dat, Vietnam. 1967-10. One of the most popular concert party entertainers to visit troops of the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) was Melbourne, Vic, television personality Patti McGrath. Patti is seen here clowning around at one performance with a digger who is lying on the ground. (Black and white version held as CAM/67/0889/VN)

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Nui Dat, Vietnam. 1967-10. One of the most popular concert party entertainers to visit troops of the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) was Melbourne, Vic, television personality Patti McGrath. Patti is seen here clowning around at one performance with a digger who is lying on the ground. (Black and white version held as CAM/67/0889/VN)

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Nui Dat, Vietnam. 1966. 1730903 Private Kevin Desmond Branch, 6th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), stands outside a sand bagged wall surrounding a tent in the D Company lines. Beside him is a Land Rover vehicle (registration no. 113-504). (Donor R. Rencher)

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Phan Rang, Vietnam. Not quite `home away from home': a RAAF airman's living space in the barrack blocks. Though rudimentary, it was still generally much better than that enjoyed by Australian Army personnel at Nui Dat. (Donor D. Hersey via CPE)

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MEMBERS OF 101 FIELD BATTERY, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN ARTILLERY, MANOEUVERING A 105MM L5 PACK HOWITZER, ON THE SOUTH-WEST PERIMETER OF THE BASE, LOOKING WEST TOWARDS THE MOUNTAINS.

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Informal portrait of National Serviceman 2793222 Private Anthony Thomas Waide, 1 Ordnance Field Park (1OFP), listening to music through a set of headphones while relaxing in his tent at the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) Base at Nui Dat.

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Australian airman Dennis Olsen of No 9 Squadron, RAAF, in a UH-1B 'Huey' Iroquois helicopter, flying north of the Australian Task Force headquarters at Nui Dat. There is an Owen gun mounted on the rear of the pilot's seat. The crew member is wearing a pale green flying suit and chamois gloves. A small ammunition box is mounted on the M60 machine gun.

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Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam. May 1970. The Special Air Services (SAS) men return to the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) base at Nui Dat. Leading from the chopper (helicopter) is patrol commander Sergeant John O'Keefe of Balga, WA.

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A217640 Corporal (Cpl) George Victor Perazic, of Queanbeyan, NSW, a member of the RAAF on active service in Vietnam, works with the Australian Army at the Taskforce Headquarters at Nui Dat. Cpl Perazic is inspecting a machine gun which had been captured from the Viet Cong (VC). The weapon is a Soviet built 7.62 mm light machine gun.

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Troops of 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) wait for a huge US Chinook helicopter to leave the ground before returning to base after Operation Ulmarra. The Chinook lifted the soldiers to Nui Dat from the fishing village of Phuoc Hai which had been searched for Viet Cong (VC) activity. Colour version of this image is held at EKT/67/0046/VN.

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A21308 Sergeant (Sgt) Bruce Edward Gluyas, of Young, NSW, is the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) in charge of the RAAF communications centre, at the Task Force Headquarters at Nui Dat, holding his Owen Submachine Gun Mark 2/3. The night before the Headquarters had come under mortar fire, with one of the shells landing 50 yards from Sgt Gluyas's tent, but it did not explode.

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Nui Dat, South Vietnam. August 1970. A former Bank of NSW staff member, Private Paul Simson of Leongatha, Vic, a forward scout with D Company, 8th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (8RAR), clears an M60 machine gun before cleaning it after an operation, at the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) base.

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Tent quarters of the Officer Commanding 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR). Note the sandbag wall around the tent which were used as protection against anti-fragmentation mortar attacks.

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