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

Australian Army – 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.

JAPAN AND KOREA 1946-53

Nil entry

SOUTH EAST ASIA 1950-current

(includes Malaya, Borneo, Singapore & Malaysia)

Infantry Company sent to Butterworth airbase

AWM F044471, 1970

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

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

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

Piyamit – 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 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

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 guerilla 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

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

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.

VIETNAM 1962-75

6 RAR – Australian Army in Action February 1967 – Vietnam War

AWM FO 3848

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.

 

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

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 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

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

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.

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

Jungle Warfare Training Centre, Canungra

Australian War Memorial, 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/

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

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=desktopVietnam

War Aussie Armour

John Neervort cameraman

UTube

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

Vietnam War Aussie Artillery

John Neervort cameraman

UTube

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

NEERVORT, John – Vietnam War Aussie Infantry

John Neervort cameraman

UTube

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

NEERVORT, John – Vietnam War Aussie Hueys

John Neervort cameraman

UTube

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

NEERVORT, John – Vietnam War Aussie Navy

John Neervort cameraman

UTube

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

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

2019

YouTube 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

NEERVORT, John – Vietnam War Aussie R&C Vung Tau

John Neervort cameraman

UTube

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 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 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

WALCH, Martin – The Battle of Long Tan

Red Dunne Films, 2006

A documentary film screened on the History Channel Foxtel and Austar on 16 August 2006.

 

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)

Nine Network Australia– A Debt of Honour: Australian East Timor Documentary

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

IRAQ 2003-09 and 2014–ongoing

Nil entry

AFGHANISTAN 2006-ongoing

Australian War Memorial – Afghanistan: the Australian Experience – Tarin Kot, 2011

AWM F09579; 31 mins 31 secs.

A film written, narrated and produced by John Martinkus. Features RAR personnel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxDmowisp1I&spfreload=5

Australian War Memorial – Australian Patrol Bases: Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan

AWM F09580; 17 mins.

Features the inhabitants and surrounds of Patrol Base Samad in the Baluchi Valley of Uruzgan, and insight into Australian operations at Patrol Base Mirwais. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj-vCBfVWAM

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)

Nil entry