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Old January 27, 2016, 09:02   #1
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Bernie Weisz: Diggers in RVN (picture heavy)

NOTE: In this thread ALL quotes are copy/paste from Bernie Weisz except where noted.

Bernie Weisz' photo-heavy documentation of time spent in RVN. HUNDREDS of images of Diggers and allies.

https://www.facebook.com/bernie.weisz.3?fref=photo

Apologies if you can't get some of the images. I may lift a few and post. Australian Biker buddy of mine served post-Vietnam and sent me the link.

Weisz is a professional historian and in the following, gives good detail and credit where credit is due.

I found the images and the documentation to be pretty extraordinary. Weisz also includes many links to sources, places, museums and many other topics and documentation. You can get lost in this.

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I'm going to do a bunch of copy/paste since not everybody is on Farce Book... Detail and photo heavy... so here goes from Bernie Weisz:

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One of the most famous images of the Vietnam War was captured by Michael Coleridge on 26 August 1967. The image which has been etched on the rear wall of the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra, shows members of 5 Platoon, B Company, 7RAR waiting to be airlifted by US Army helicopters from an area just north of Phuoc Hai. Australians in Vietnam could be involved in several types of combat. Some engagements, such as when naval vessels provided gunfire support for land forces, carried relatively little risk for the Australians involved. Australian bomber crews ran slightly higher risks, but for the most part their war was also fought at a distance from those whom they engaged. Infantry, members of the armoured, artillery and engineer corps, along with helicopter crews and forward air controllers, were, however, among those who, sometimes fighting at close quarters and engaging in regular combat, were frequently in danger. For the most part these Australians in Vietnam experienced combat either in or above rural or jungle locales against experienced and skilled opponents. While it is commonly held that United States forces sought to draw the enemy into battle, aiming to defeat them with overwhelming firepower, Australian forces used a different approach. Australian counter-insurgency tactics demanded constant patrolling, the laying of ambushes and pursuit of the enemy. Units would spend long periods patrolling, painstakingly seeking signs of the enemy. Combat, when it came, was often at close range and of relatively short duration. There were, however, occasions when Australians were involved in longer battles such as those at Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral in 1968. Air force and naval helicopter crews flew troops into and out of combat, evacuated the wounded and provided gunfire support to ground troops.They ran considerable risks to do so and were often exposed to intense enemy fire in the course of their operations. 6RAR (Royal Australian Regiment) troops load a confiscated rice cache into a cargo net before using smoke to call in a US Chinook helicopter that carries the rice away, 1966. [Images courtesy of Peter Fischer]
For Australians, combat in Vietnam meant more than exposure to mortar and small arms fire. Even where there was no contact with the enemy, men could be wounded or killed by concealed landmines and booby traps. This type of warfare carried a heavy psychological burden, danger was ever-present and many of those who suffered no physical injury were nonetheless traumatised by the experience


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Australian 5RAR (Royal Australian Regiment) troops led by Corporal John Hinchey, instruct ARVN soldiers on the use of the M60 at the Horseshoe, 1970. Photo courtesy of Mos Hancock.


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An Aussie "digger" (soldier) from 7RAR moves through a creek during a patrol on Operation Cung Chung in June, 1970.

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Operation Cung Chung, June 1970 – February 1971. Huey and Bell helicopters and a Centurion tank during the 2RAR-NZ operation Cung Chung 11. Photo by Leon Pavich.
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Chaplain Ray Stachurski, the New Zealand Army Roman Catholic padre, administering the last rites to Private (Pte) Robert Buchan, D Company 6RAR in a clearing near the Company Headquarters. Pte Buchan was killed in action in the north-east corner of Phuoc Tuy Province during Operation Marsden and his body was brought in on a stretcher from the contact area. 11 December 1969.
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Troops from 7RAR dash from a United States Army Iroquois helicopter, one of 20 that dropped the battalion at the landing zone, to launch Operation Lismore, their first major mission against the Viet Cong. From left: Private (Pte) Ken Aspinal, Pte Jozsef Csorba and Pte Peter Gates from the Fire Assault Platoon, Support Company. Peter Gates described the operation in a letter to his family.
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Troops of Australian 1RAR (Royal Australian Regiment) move through paddy fields as American helicopters fly overhead after landing them during a search and destroy operation, Bien Hoa, January 1966. 1 RAR made up entirely of regular soldiers, was attached to the US 173rd Airborne Brigade at Bien Hoa.
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Captain Gerry Cudmore, a Roman Catholic Chaplain with 1RAR, gives communion to Australian gunners and American troops, Bien Hoa, 1965. [AWM SHA/65/0017/VN] Fifty-five chaplains served with the Australian Army in Vietnam between 1965 and 1972. They accompanied men on operations, ministered to them in the field and often carried their ecclesiastical tools in a pack that hung around their neck. One chaplain remembers: Mass celebrated on the ground, on an ammo box, in D Company Mess at the Horshoe, on a table in a deserted VC hospital camp, at dawn on a deserted beach… [Michael O’Brien, Conscripts and Regulars with the Seventh Battalion in Vietnam
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The bodies of North Vietnamese Army troops who attempted to hold the rubber plantation village of Binh Ba, are laid out in an open area so they can be checked for documents before burial. In the foreground are some of the Australian troops who fought in the battle, June 1969.
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Section Commander Corporal Joe Danyluk of NSW (right) and Private Dick Bligh of Qld,of B Company 8RAR, ‘take five’ before beginning their search of a Viet Cong bunker system in the Long Hai mountains during Operation Hamersley. In February 1970, 8RAR together with other 1ATF units fought Viet Cong soldiers entrenched in the mountains. The area was pounded by air strikes, naval bombardments from HMAS Vendetta and artillery fire, killing an unknown number of enemy troops. The Australians sustained very heavy casualties during the operation, eleven were killed and 59 wounded, among them many mine victims.
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Australian 6RAR troops watch a Viet Cong camp burn from atop an armoured personnel carrier (APC) of the 1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron, Royal Australian Armoured Corps. The camp and food supplies were located during Operation Ingham, both were destroyed by the Australians. 18 Nov–3 Dec 1966
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Staff Sergeant Wayne Wells, 1ATF Intelligence Staff, of the ACT, with an aerial Personnel Detector (APD x XM3 people sniffer), which analysed smells to detect humans in the jungle below the aircraft.
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‘C’ packs and ammunition laid out ready for 5RAR infantrymen about to begin an operation, 1970. Photo by Carole Talty. We had a mixture of Australian and American C [Combat] rations. We preferred the American for the greater variety… in the Australian packs we would keep the tins. There were two tins. One for morning, one for evening and ‘dog biscuits’ for lunch. A tin of margarine, a roll of toilet paper, which was like greaseproof paper and no bloody good anyway. Box of matches, sachets of sugar, a tube of condensed milk, tea bags… sachets of coffee, a packet of rice and that was it, but we’d keep the two tins, condensed milk, tube of jam. Oh a bar of chocolate. Yeah, keep that. A packet of lollies as well, we’d keep them. Jam, rice, and that was about right. The cereal box and the dog biscuits. Stuff them. Throw that away. Get rid of all the extraneous crap and just keep what you need.
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Members of 1RAR cordon and search a village near the Rung Sat area, a vast tangle of waterways and mangrove swamps between Vung Tau and Saigon used by Viet Cong to infiltrate troops and supplies from North Vietnam. The villagers have been placed in a temporary barbed wire compound during the search, 1966.
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‘Weary looking Australiansoldiers of 6RAR move through thick jungle during Operation Vaucluse. The strain of patrolling, knowing that a contact could occur at any moment, is evident on the faces of these men. This search and destroy operation lasted for 16 days and aimed to destroy enemy personnel and bases in the Nui Dinh hills, September 1966.’ — with Thomas Lewis.
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‘These men of 2RAR/NZ (Anzac) grab the chance to rest before embarking on an operation in July 1967. Once they reach their operational area the possibility of combat is ever present and opportunities to relax few and far between.’
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Captain John Brien of New South Wales, Australia checks a compass bearing on the bridge of the Army landing ship Clive Steele, while on operations in the Mekong delta, October 1969.
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A wrecked and burned out M113A1 armoured personnel carrier (APC) of A Squadron, 3 Cavalry Regiment, stands on a bare patch of ground at the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) base. The APC was hit by three recoilless rifle rounds during Operation Bribie in the Light Green on 17 February 1967. One round killed the driver, Trooper Vic Pomroy, and wounded the crew commander, Corporal Geoff Strachan. After it was struck, Australian soldiers set the APC alight to prevent the Viet Cong from salvaging it for their own use. It was brought back to the 1ATF base the next day. 18 February 1967.
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Operation Santa Fe in Thua Tich, Ken McFadyen, 1968. [Charcoal, rubbing out on paper 56 cm x 38.2 cm, AWM ART40628] Everyone had to dig a hole. That drawing always symbolised how you survived out there, no matter what… and it wasn’t long after that one of the soldiers lost his life through being a bit careless because he hadn’t dug it deep enough. Photo by Australian Official War Artist Ken McFadyen.
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Waterborne engineers beach their dinghy with the M60 gunner to the front left and the remaining crew armed with Australian-issue SLR 7.62mm rifles, 1969. Photo by Darryl Lavis.
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An outdoor debrief using a giant map drawn by an 8 RAR (Royal Australian Regiment) intelligence Dutyman. The map was painted onto bed sheets and hung from the unit’s movie screen, 1970. Photo by Derek Walsh.
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Lance Corporal Anthony ‘Mooka’ Jones, 4RAR, performing road convoy duty on Highway 15 in a Land Rover armed with a 106mm recoilless rifle, 1968. Photo by Tony Jones.
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Preparing for a casualty evacuation, two members of V Company, a New Zealand component of the Anzac battalion, use smoke to signal the location of men wounded during Operation Coburg to a dustoff helicopter. Coburg took place in the border area of Bien Hoa and Long Khanh provinces, to the north-west of Phuoc Tuy. In the foreground is Corporal W Vautier, of the Anzac Battalion. February 1968. [P01661.012] I used to go down to the field hospital, this was at Vung Tau, and some of the fellows down there. They really would have been better off dead. It was an ironic tragedy, if that's not a tautology, that they could rescue people that had been badly wounded and have them on the operating theatre within twenty minutes of being hit. Now most of those blokes would have died, in any other conflict. They wouldn't have survived… There were some terribly wounded blokes. Photo by Keith Williams.

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At the 8th Field Ambulance Dustoff Pad at Nui Dat, a wounded soldier is unloaded from an RAAF Iroquois chopper which has winched him out of the jungle. Identified, left to right: A19033 Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Kerin Williams of Newcastle NSW (carrying the plasma bottle above the stretcher); 43919 Private Charles Kerr Storie, 8th Field Ambulance, of SA; 4410808 Lance Corporal (L Cpl) Albertus Leonardus (Bert) Kuijpers, of the ACT; and 1411225 L Cpl Trevor Owen Skinner, 1st Australian Reinforcement Unit, of Redcliffe, Qld. This Dustoff Mission resulted from an enemy contact between 274 Regiment, a Viet Cong unit, and A Company, 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR) members at the battle of Suoi Chau Pha (Operation Ballarat) in which six Australians were killed and 14 wounded on 6 August 1967.

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Commandant Janice Webb (far right), Australian Red Cross, with walking wounded at 8 Field Ambulance, Vung Tau, during 1967. The men were going to the airstrip to board a RAAF C130E Hercules flight bound for 4 RAAF Hospital at Butterworth, Malaysia. [AWM P0217.016] Red Cross personnel provided valuable support to the sick and wounded men. They wrote letters, distributed comfort items and ran errands for them.
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RAAF Nursing Sister, Squadron Officer Harriett Hardy Fenwick from NSW adjusts the litter strap of an Australian Army casualty as he is flown home on a RAAF Hercules for medical treatment, 1965. [AWM MAL/65/0083/02] Between 1965 and 1971, more than a hundred members of the Royal Australian Air Force Nursing Service flew more than 3000 sick and injured Australian and New Zealand servicemen on aeromedical (‘medevac’) flights from Vietnam to Australia. The patients were transported in litters, stacked four deep and four high and were usually accompanied only by the nurses and medical orderlies.
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South Vietnam’s president Ngo Dinh Diem (left) visiting a refugee settlement during May 1956 shortly before he refused to participate in what were planned to be internationally supervised Vietnam-wide elections.
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Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Brian Betts, AATTV, outside a house in the area known as ‘The Street Without Joy’. WO2 Betts and members of the US Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) were on patrol with a unit of the Army of the Republic of South Vietnam (ARVN). Quang Tri Province, 1967
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Major Gordon Brown of Victoria, Australia AATTV (Australian Army Training Team Vietnam), District Senior Adviser in Nam Hoa, travels by sampan from Nam Hoa to more remote areas of his district, October 1969. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austra...g_Team_Vietnam
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Major Gordon Brown, AATTV (Australian Army Training Team Vietnam) of Victoria, and Vietnamese women stand before rotting clothing found in a mass grave near Nam Hoa. The remains of more than 200 victims of the Viet Cong during the 1968 Tet Offensive were found in the grave. October 1969. [AWM EKN/69/0121/VN] I was instructed to visit Nam Hoa District village to ascertain whether it was a fact that the remains of some of the victims of the Tet massacre in 1968 had been found. I cannot, in words, describe the scene that confronted me when I arrived at that place. Approximately a thousand bodies had been retrieved and placed in Nam Hoa Village… In front of the shrine was a large open space where skeletons were laid on plastic for identification. It was a devastating sight.

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Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Ray (Scarlet) O’Hara from Victoria, Australia with his hands on his hips and WO2 Bill Butler from Qld, instruct Regional Force (RF) soldiers in the use of the M79 grenade launcher in the Delta region, Ben Tranh District. The two AATTV advisors are part of a Night Operations Advisory Team (NOAT) to retrain the RF soldiers for night ambushes against the Viet Cong as part of a pilot project. June 1970.
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The Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) during a march past at the parade where the United States Army Meritorious Unit Commendation was awarded to the team in 1970. Photo by Frank Beattie.
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Corporal Neville Modystack of SA, 1st APC Troop, and Sergeant Robert 'Wally' Greig of WA, Australian Logistics Support Company, waiting to disembark from HMAS Sydney at Vung Tau, May 1965.
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Members of 1RAR (Royal Australian Regiment) digging in at their section of the 173rd Brigade base soon after their arrival in Bien Hoa in May 1965.
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Monsoon in the Nam: Conditions were far from ideal at 1 RAR’s new home at Bien Hoa. The rudimentary amenities included the unsophisticated shower on the left, 1965. Image courtesy of Kerry Lampard.
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The body of Private Michael (Mick) Alwyn Bourke, 1 RAR, is farewelled at a ceremony at Tan Son Nhut airbase before being flown back to Australia. Just weeks after arriving in Vietnam, 1RAR suffered its first casualties when Private William Carroll’s grenade pin caught and released as he leaped off a truck after the battalion’s first operation. The subsequent explosion killed Carroll, Privates Mick Bourke and Arie Van Valen, and an American, Private First Class D. Pierson. A further ten soldiers were wounded, including two Americans. 26 June, 1965.
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A number of Viet Cong prisoners were captured during a 1RAR ‘search and destroy’ operation in Vo Xu village, Binh Tuy Province. Private James Jarrett of NSW searches one of the prisoners watched by (second from left), Corporal Ken Forden of WA, 1965.
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And they called us babykillers!!! A member of 1RAR (Royal Australian Regiment) patrols near Bien Hoa accompanied by local children, 1965.
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A simple "walk in the park?" With the cavalry waiting discreetly in the background, 1RAR infantrymen patrol in the Michelin Rubber Plantation, 1965.
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General William Westmoreland, Commander, US Military Assistance Command Vietnam (left) and Lieutenant Colonel Ivan ‘Lou’ Brumfield, Commanding Officer of 1RAR, leave a US army helicopter before inspecting IRAR’s defences at Bien Hoa airbase, June 1965.
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Corporal Jeff Taylor, 1st Australian Logistic Support Company, from WA, listens to Private First Class Tom Hughes, 173rd US Airborne Brigade, from Michigan, USA, explaining the operation of the US Armalite rifle, 1965.
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Australian cavalry support for an American road-building project in Bien Hoa province. This eight-kilometre stretch of road replaced a 30-kilometre trip for allied forces, 1966. Image courtesy of Rex Warren.
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A US Army 9th Division convoy passes Private Ian Male, B Company, 6RAR, on South Vietnam’s Route 15 in January 1967. The highway, linking Saigon to Vung Tau, was a vital transport link for US forces. Members of 6RAR and the 1st Armoured Personnel Carrier Squadron, Royal Australian Armoured Corps, provided protection from Viet Cong attack for the 9th Division convoys.
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The US Army Air Force Iroquois ‘Huey’ fleet at Bien Hoa base, 1965. One particular operation we went on, and this was a very big operation, we had 132 helicopters in the air at once. It was called Eagle Strike. We were picked up from Da Nang, chopper after chopper… Everywhere I looked from my chopper I see choppers up to the left, down to the left, in front, behind; it was just a magnificent sight… That was the first time I’d seen napalm used and fighter aircraft in close support… Oh it was very spectacular. I mean it was as if you were at the movies when you see across the front the napalm being dropped and then the founds from the aircraft falling on your head, spent cartridges. They get hot. They land on top of you… Ball of fire. Balls of fire. Photo by Neil Grant.

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United States and South Vietnamese naval personnel worked together in a variety of situations both on the South China Sea and on South Vietnam’s numerous rivers. Photo by Tony Ey.
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US Military Payment Certificates (MPC) were created and issued in US-occupied areas to insulate the US dollar and to prevent black market activities. Although they were intended for use only by US service personnel they soon filtered through into the local Vietnamese economy. Once they were found on the open market, a new issue would be released and the old issue notes would be exchanged for the new series.
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The aftermath of the first battle of Saigon, known as the ‘Tet Offensive’, in January 1968. The Cholon area of Saigon was badly damaged during the fighting. CBS News commentator Walter Cronkite summed up the US situation after the Tet Offensive on the evening news, 27 February 1968: To say that we are closer to victory today is to believe in the face of the evidence the optimists who have been wrong in the past. To suggest that we are on the edge of defeat is to yield to unreasonable pessimism. To say that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic if unsatisfactory conclusion.
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If I promise not to breathe a word, will you give me a hint on what’s going on in Vietnam? President Nixon’s administration attempted to impose censorship on media reportage critical of the US military intervention during the Vietnam War.
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A US Army officer about to leave the the ‘Doom Club’, the Danang Officers’ Open Mess, at the Danang airfield on his Harley Davidson motor cycle in 1965.
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What??? Gunner (Gnr) Mervyn Bignall 107th Field battery of NSW (in the foreground) during a visit to C Battery, 5th/42nd US Artillery which was temporarily based at Nui Dat in support of the Australian Task Force, January 1971.
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