Photos Aussies and Kiwi's in Vietnam

5 June 1966. 1731095 Private Thomas (Tom) Newall of Darwin, NT, digs in during Operation Enoggera.

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A long refreshing drink from a water bottle as 21 year old Private (Pte) Paul Large, 12 Platoon, D Company, 6 RAR, of Coolah, NSW, pauses during digging in on Operation Enoggera, the first mission by the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), against the Viet Cong. Pte Large was later killed in action on 18 August 1966 during the Battle of Long Tan.

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5 July 1966. Patrolling during a search and destroy mission on Operation Enoggera, is M60 machine gunner Private Allen Kunde, 20, of Kilcoy, Qld, and a member of 9 Platoon, C Company, the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR). Enoggera is the battalion's first operation.

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5 July 1966. Second Lieutenant Stewart Penny of Roseville, Sydney, NSW, Platoon Commander, 9 Platoon, C Company, 6 RAR, sleeps after bagging rice from a hidden Viet Cong cache, during Operation Enoggera, the first operation for the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR).

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25 June 1966. End of day smoke for Sapper Barry Hartford of Broken Hill, NSW, as he relaxes against a tree after an arduous tunnel search during Operation Enoggera after the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), occupied a Viet Cong village.

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5 July 1966. 242886 Sergeant Edward James (Ted) McCauley of Stafford, Brisbane, Qld, and of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), writes a letter outside a Viet Cong village, during the battalion's first operation, Operation Enoggera.

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5 July 1966. Wiping sweat from his brow is Private (Pte) Clive Scrivener of Maryborough, Qld. Pte Scrivener is a radio operator serving with 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), currently on Operation Enoggera. Working in extreme conditions of heat and humidity, the battalion have found many tunnels and rice caches outside a deserted Viet Cong village.

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25 June 1966. Aboriginal soldier 15989 Corporal Thomas Henry (Tom or "Buddy") Lea, 10 Platoon, D Company, 6 RAR, of Rockhampton, Qld, moves cautiously into a Viet Cong village with his Owen gun at the ready during the first mission by the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), Operation Enoggera.

Cpl Buddy Lea was later wounded in action during the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966.

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26 June 1966. 37339 Corporal Mario Geri of Wynnum North, Brisbane, Qld, eating a refreshing juicy persimmon plucked from an orchard in a captured Viet Cong village during Operation Enoggera. The action was the first against the Communists by the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR).

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25 June 1966. Beret of the Prince of Wales Light Horse unit worn by Trooper James "Jock" McCormick of Flemington, Melbourne, Vic, recalls his CMF service with the 5th Battalion, Royal Victorian Regiment, before he joined the Regular Army for service in Vietnam. Tpr McCormick was taking part in Operation Enoggera with the 1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron in support of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR).

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25 June 1966. Infantry advance by soldiers of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), as they move into their first operation. The infantrymen occupied a large Viet Cong village in the mission, code-named Operation Enoggera. Other soldiers followed on an APC of the 1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron.

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25 June 1966. Infantry advance by soldiers of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), followed by an APC of the 1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron as they move into their first operation. The infantrymen occupied a large Viet Cong village in the mission, code-named Operation Enoggera.

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5 July 1966. Shotgun role for infantrymen of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), as they move into Operation Enoggera, their first in South Vietnam, aboard armoured personnel carriers (APC) of the 1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron. The APCs supported the infantrymen during the two-week operation.

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25 June 1966. Infantry advance by soldiers of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), as they move into their first operation, followed by an APC of the 1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron. The infantrymen occupied a large Viet Cong village in the mission, code-named Operation Enoggera.

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25 June 1966. Protecting eye of an armoured personnel carrier (APC) gunner watches as infantrymen of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), advance through the banana plantation towards a Viet Cong village during Operation Enoggera.

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5 July 1966. Trooper (Tpr) Geoff Newman, 21, of Balwyn, Vic, a National Serviceman, is taking part in Operation Enoggera as a driver of an armoured personnel carrier. Tpr Newman's father is the second in command of the Armoured Corps Training Centre, Puckapunyal, Vic.
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25 June 1966. INFANTRY ADVANCE BY SOLDIERS OF THE 6TH BATTALION, ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT, (6RAR), AS THEY MOVE INTO THEIR FIRST OPERATION AGAINST THE VIET CONG IN SOUTH VIETNAM. THE INFANTRYMEN OCCUPIED A LARGE VIET CONG VILLAGE DURING THE MISSION, CODE-NAMED OPERATION ENOGGERA, IN THE LAST WEEK OF JUNE.
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25 June 1966. Infantry advance by soldiers of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), as they move into their first operation. The infantrymen occupied a large Viet Cong village in the mission, code-named Operation Enoggera. Left to right: Possibly Corporal Ronald Eglinton; Private (Pte) Geoff Peters; 1730961 Pte John Edward Heslewood; Pte Peter Ainslie, all of D Coy, 6RAR.

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25 June 1966. Troops of the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), move in to search a house after an air strike on a South Vietnamese Viet Cong village during Operation Enoggera. The soldier in the foreground is with his Owen gun at the ready.

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25 JUNE 1966. AFTER RESETTLING THE VILLAGERS OF LONG PHUOC IN HOA LONG, A SOLDIER FROM 6TH BATTALION, THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT, (6RAR), ON GUARD ON OPERATION ENOGGERA WITH HIS OWEN GUN AT THE READY, WHILE THE DESERTED HOUSES ARE DESTROYED BY BEING SET ON FIRE.

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