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

Australians remember (F10220)

Headquarters Training Command, Sydney, date unknown

16mm film, Colour and black and white, possibly also digitised.

Depicts Australia’s role in the two World Wars, Korean and Vietnam war. Uses archival footage as well as footage of exhibitions at the Australian War Memorial. Available through some ADF library outlets.

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.

Reflections on training and leadership: an interview with Lieutenant-Colonel Ben Dowd (F04842)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1992

109 min 12 sec, Colour/U-matic high band/sound, Training Technology Centre Australian Army.

This oral history focuses on the training O’Dowd underwent when he enlisted in 1939 and examines aspects of training during his career. Battlefield stress and leadership are also addressed. Lieutenant Colonel B.S. (Ben) O’Dowd, MBE (Ret’d) was born on 2 June 1918 in Perth Western Australia. Prior to his enlistment Lieutenant Colonel O’Dowd had worked a machinist and cook in Perth and “bogger” on the goldfields. He enlisted in the AIF on 7 November 1939. He was allocated to infantry and served with the 2/11th Battalion throughout World War II following which he joined the occupation forces in Japan. He qualified for a regular commission after attending RMC Duntroon, and joined 3 RAR in Japan at the outbreak of the Korean War.O’Dowd was promoted temporary major on 23 December 1950 and commanded “A’ Company at the battle of Kapyong. After the Korean War O’Dowd was posted to the British Jungle Training Centre at Kota-Tinggi, Malaysia as an instructor. Between courses, he went on patrol operations with British Gurkha, Fiji and Malayan forces. O’Dowd was Mentioned in Despatches by the British for distinguished service during these operations. Returning to Australia in November 1954, he was posted to Canungra and appointed Senior Instructor, Battle Wing. At the Jungle Training Centre he trained infantry battalions in jungle warfare for the Malayan Emergency. He was posted to Army Headquarters in 1957 and retired in June 1973.

 

JAPAN AND KOREA 1946-53

3 RAR Korea 1953-54 (F10868)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1953-54

8mm film, colour, silent, 32 mins.

Filmed by ex-Private Bruce Andrew Bicket during his service with 3 RAR September 1953 – November 1954. Very clear colour footage shows Australian accommodation and environmental conditions in which Australian and other forces worked. The film also captures routine activities such as a football game and a trip to town, and local people going about their daily work. Available at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F10868/

 34 Brigade training at Morotai (F07433)

Australian War Mmeorial, Cabnerra, 1945

35mm, b&w, 3 min 50 sec silent movie shot from 1 -7 December 1945; Cuffley, Leighton Edward (Cinematographer).

The 65th, 66th and 67th Battalions of the 34th Australian Infantry Brigade commence training in drill movements at Morotai prior to proceeding to Japan as an Occupation Force. Scenes of Australian Army Education Service Centre at Morotai with troops taking advantage of Rehabilitation Training courses. Also identified: SX6219 Captain G H Fawcett; Brigadier R H Nimmo.

A great tradition (F03618)

Department of the Army

35mm/b&w/silent, 10min 57 sec; Directorate of Public Relations, 1954.

A film tracing the- then- 9 year history of the 3rd Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment. Covers its formation in New Guinea as the 67 Bn in 1945, service with BCOF, action in Korea and return to Australia in 1954. Includes scenes of 3 RAR disembarking on its return in Brisbane. This was the first time that 3 RAR set foot in Australia since its formation. Also shows ceremonies and city marches in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Also mentions 2 RAR. Available at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C217958

Anzac parade 1948 and investiture (F07503)

Australian War Memorial , Canberra,  xxxx

35mm/b&w/silent, 6 min 18 sec; Cartledge, Ronald Selby (Cinematographer).

On Sunday 25 April 1948, a special parade was held in Anzac Park, Kure, Japan in memory of those who lost their lives in both World Wars. Representative forces from all national components and service branches of BCOF and American Military Government were reviewed by the Commander in Chief Lieutenant General H C H Robertson CBE DSO. A short ceremony was held during which the following personnel were invested. *Squadron Leader R T Susans DFC, OC 77 Fighter Squadron RAAF, BCAIR; +Sergeant (Sgt) R O McLaughlin DCM, 65th Australian Infantry Battalion; +Sgt J F Guerin DCM, 66th Australian Infantry Battalion; +Sgt H E Foley GM, 28th Australian Field Squadron; *Captain V H Gilchrist MM, HQ Signals Regiment; +Warrant Officer II F J Brown MM, 66th Australian Infantry Battalion; +Sgt J L Rose MM, 1st Australian Salvage Section; +Private A J Martin MM, 65th Australian Infantry Battalion. The band provided was from the 66th Australian Infantry Battalion. Parade Commander was Brigadier R N L Hopkins. (*Identified on film. +Identified by name only from BECON 26 April 1948).

Australian troops march through Tokyo (F07455)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, xxxx

35mm, b&w, silent, 1 min 42 sec; O’Halloran, John Frederick M (Cinematographer).

A composite battalion drawn from 34th Australian Infantry Brigade was formed to take over guard duties at the Imperial Palace and other important buildings in Tokyo. The battalion was led by Lieutenant Colonel R H Marson DSO, CO 65th Australian Infantry Battalion. 7 May 1946-8 May 1946

DMZ 27 May 1994 (The Battle of Maryang San) (F04818)

Training Technology Centre Australian Army, Sydney, 1994

Betacam SP/b&w/sound, 7 minutes

Film about 3 RAR’s successful attack, rated to be the most outstanding single event carried out by Australians in the Korean War. More detail is available at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04818/

Kapyong (Heroes of the Forgotten War: The Battle of Kapyong)

Arcimedia, 2001

53 min film directed and written by Dennis Smith.

Focuses on 3 RAR. Movie also available on line free at  https://www.primevideo.com/detail/0I5O47NI36N0YCPF28714UGF2P/ref=atv_dl_rdr?tag=imdbtag_tt_wbr_pvs_piv

Korea (F07532)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1951-53

32mm film, black and white, silent, 6 mins 41secs.

 Film (DPR/S/9) includes shots of Korean terrain; living conditions of 3 RAR; method of supply to 3 RAR by Korean carriers; illustrates the cold weather uniform as worn by Australian troops in Korea; camp conditions and amenities. Available at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C190647

Guard of honour for General Blamey (F07508)

Australian War Memorial , Canberra, xxxx

35mm/b&w/silent, 2 min 46 secs; Military History Section BCOF (Cinematographer).

A Guard of Honour from the 65th Australian Infantry Battalion (BCOF) was formed at Kure, Japan on the 29 September 1948, on the arrival of General Sir T A Blamey GBE KCB CMG DSO ED. General Blamey inspected the Guard.

 

Inspection of 34 Brigade and address by Lieutenant General Northcott, Commander in Chief Empire Occupation Force (F07442)

Australian War Memorial , Canberra, xxxx

35mm b&w silent movie, 2min 54 secs. Cuffley, Leighton Edward (Cinematographer).

On 23 December 1945, some 3,500 members of 34 Brigade paraded on Wama Airstrip, Morotai, Halmahera Islands, Netherlands East Indies for an inspection by Lieutenant General J. Northcott CB MVO; after listening to an address by General Northcott, the Brigade marched past the saluting base, the column being a mile in length and took three quarters of an hour to pass. Also identified: Brigadier R. H. Nimmo; Major General E. J. Milford CBE DSO. Some on parade went on to form the RAR.

Lieutenant General Robertson visits base units (F07470)

Australian War Memorial , War Memorial, xxx

35mm/b&w/silent, 3 min 32 sec; Cartledge, Ronald Selby (Cinematographer).

Accompanied by Brigadier (Brig) W Wilson, CO British Commonwealth Base, the Commander in Chief BCOF visited units under Base Command, meeting unit officers and inspecting the facilities in the area. Afterwards he continued his inspection at Hiro with Brig R N L Hopkins CBE, CO 34th Australian Infantry Brigade. He visited units in the following order, meeting the OC’s and making a brief inspection of the camp facilities. Also identified: VX45138 Lieutenant (Lt) W L Fisher, Adjutant of 1st Australian Armoured Car Squadron; Lt General Robertson; VX1350 Major (Maj) H S Harper; VX1238 Lt J C Morris, 28th Australian Field Company, RAE; OC Maj H T Hunt, RIE; Drum Major Sergeant Silk; Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) G E Colvin DSO; Brig A G Wilson, Commander British Commonwealth Base; NX76191 Maj J F Read, OC 41 Advanced Supply Depot; CO Lt Col D F Wiley, HQ Signals BCOF; NX34749 Colonel D R Cullen; NX145756 Sergeant E R McGinn at 1 Australian Area Workshops; NX45133 Lt Col J C Turner; NX10169 Maj R J McLachlan; QX41726 Captain (Capt) J W Keane, CO; NX125686 Lt J R Allen; 307578 Capt J W G Dodds, OC 362 PBS Platoon (RASC) Capt C E Robertson.

Robert Parker as a Private with 3 RAR and a prisoner of war 1952-53 (F04981)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2001

Film, DVCAM, colour, 34 mins 23 secs

Interviewed at the AWM many years after the Korean War. Parker recalls the night of his capture, escaping, recapture, conditions whilst incarcerated including sustaining a skin infection, conditions at “Camp Five”, and meeting Wilfred Burchett who attempted to interview him.

The Battle of Maryang San (F04836)

Training Technology Centre Australian Army, Sydney, 1994

Betacam SP/Colour/sound; 64 minutes.

Presenter Steve Bisley addresses this 3 RAR battle. In early October 1951, 3RAR, in conjunction with British Commonwealth troops, attacked a group of hills near the Imjin River. The attack was named after the biggest of these hills and became known as the battle for Maryang San or “Operation Commando”. More information is at https://www.awm.gov.au/articles/encyclopedia/korea/maryang_san . Movie available at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C299544

SOUTH EAST ASIA 1950-current

(includes Malaya, Borneo, Singapore & Malaysia)

2 RAR Malaya/Major RJ Fletcher (F00264)

Private (Major RJ Fletcher), Malaya, 1957

8mm standard, colour, silent, 32 min 57 sec

Detail of what is on this compilation is at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F00264  as is the actual film including experiences such as 2 RAR Mortar Platoon NCOs being trained on 4.2 inch mortars at Ipoh. Identified 2 RAR members are Sgt D. Symons, 12706 Sgt Keith Henry Ewald (accidentally killed in ambush 31 January 1956) and Cpl M. Randall. 27 Feb 57 Air resupply, Support Coy by RAF Valetta aircraft and efforts to recover hung up parachute using Verey Pistol, Bren LMG.Sarawak Rangers (Ibans) climbing. Very Pistol and finally a demolition job. Scenes from observation tower showing a Ferret Scout Car, Armoured troop Carrier (Coffins), A guard of honour (Machine Gun platoon) Lieutenant AM Orr and Sergeant D Howells departing for the Official Opening of the new Engineers Road alongside camp. Kroh, ferret Scout car and aircraft movement, Auster, Westland Whirland and Sycamore helicopters. June 1957 Scenes at Kroh, Grik Road. Overhead tin mining cableway, also Lieutenant A.W. Campbell MC. Main road crossing Butterworth Air Base. 3 inch and 4.2 inch Mortars in action. September 1957 Minden barracks rehearsals, and embarking Penang for return to Australia.

2 RAR Malaya (F00264)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1955-57

8mm standard/colour (Kodachrome)/silent, 32 mins 57 secs

Compilation by Major RJ Fletcher of 2 RAR in Malaya 1955-57 conducting operations against the Communist Terrorists during the Malayan Emergency.

2nd Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (F00227)

Defence Public Relations, Canungra QLD, 1955

16mm, colour, sound, 14 mins 37 secs

Shows the presentation ceremony of the Queen’s colours to 2 RAR on 2 Sep 55 at Brisbane by The Governor-General, Field Marshal Sir William Slim, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, GBE, DSO, MC, KstJ ; training for service in Malaya at the Jungle Warfare Training Centre, Canungra; city march by the battalion through Brisbane and departure for Malaya to join the Far East Strategic Reserve on the MV Georgic. Viewable at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1070707

3 RAR Malaysia  (F03636)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1966

16mm/b&w/silent film, 10 mins, 30sec.

A Defence Public Relations film which covers 3 RAR during Confrontation. Now available through the AWM. See  https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C218080

Aerial supply in Sarawak  (F03666)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

16mm/b&w/silent, 5 mins, 59 secs.

A Department of Public Relations film (DPR/TV/247) depicting 3 RAR patrolling on active service in forward positions near the Sarawak-Kalimantan border of Borneo. Includes air drops of supplies from RAF aircraft that became a lifeline between them and their supply depot in Kuching. See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C223140

Anniversary for the 4th (Battalion RAR) (F04627)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

16mm film, black and white, sound, approx 7 mins.

Presents 4 RAR in Malaysia (Terendak). Viewable at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C284110

Border Operation (F04625)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1961

16mm film, black and white, silent, 9 minutes

Covers 2 RAR in Malaysia during Thai border operations carried out against the Communist Terrorists. Now digitised and accessible at  https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04625/. Made by Defence Public Relations.

Fighting patrol (F03173)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

16mm/b&w/ film with sound, 3mins.

A Defence Public Relations short film (DPR130) on how Australian infantry patrols operated in Borneo during the Indonesian Confrontation. See  https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C191139. Clearly a fabricated training aid; possibly some sections are real.

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

Malaya patrol (DPR-S-83) DPR (47) (F11436)

Defence Public Relations, Canberra, 1958

16mm film colour, sound, 14 mins 26 secs

A Defence Public Relations promotional film showing the work of the 3rd Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment with supporting Australian artillery and signals units combating Communist Terrorists in the jungles of Malaya. Viewable at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1178257

On the border (F04666)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

16mm film, black and white, silent, 2 mins 47secs.

A DPR film (DPR/TV/238) In the clammy heat of the Borneo jungle, 3 RAR infantrymen settle down to border patrolling. Troops had moved into border outposts in Sarawak about three weeks prior to relieve British Army Ghurka soldiers. Available at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C294815

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

 Troops by chopper in Borneo (F03665)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

16mm/b&w/silent, 2 mins 7 secs.

A Defence Public Relations short film (DPR/TV/246) on RAR troops deploying by RAF Wessex chopper in Borneo. See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C223139

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

3 RAR return from South Vietnam (F03635)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1971

16mm/b&w/sound, 11 mins.

3 RAR return from South Vietnam on HMAS Sydney. See  https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C218078

3 RAR Train for Vietnam (F03619)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1970

16mm film, black and white, silent, 1 minute 49 secs

A Seven National News item by Chris Gun on South Australian-based 3RAR’s preparations for service in Vietnam. Chris Gun interviews Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Francis Peter Scott. Digitised and accessible via  https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C218067.

4 RAR arrives in Vietnam (F04205)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968

16mm film/b&w/silent, 2 mins 30 secs.

Main body of 4 RAR arrives in Vietnam. Shows troops disembarking from the fast troop transport HMAS Sydney onto Landing Craft Infantry to be taken to shore at Vung Tau. Made by DPR (DPR/TV/856). See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04205/

5 RAR, South Vietnam (F03432)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1969

8mm colour, silent film, 21 min 19 sec; shot by Tim Donnelly and digitised later.

Shows 5 RAR on the second tour of South Vietnam 1969. Scenes include activities at Nui Dat, on patrol in Phuoc Tuy Province and on leave at Vung Tau. See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F03432/

5 RAR second tour of South Vietnam, 1969-1970 (F03747)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1970

8mm colour, silent film, 14 min 40 sec; shot by Phillip Ahearn and digitised later.

Includes footage of 1 Armoured Regiment and 9 Sqn RAAF, and features 5 RAR on its second tour of duty in Vietnam. See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C244755

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 RAR Vietnam 1967-68 & 1 ARU Vietnam (F03415)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967-68

1-inch film, colour, silent, 26 minutes

Compilation of 7 RAR and 1 ARU in Vietnam during 1967-68. Accessible via https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C191583

 

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

Aerial Views of Australian Task Force Vietnam base at Nui Dat (F03595)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2017 (upload)

Film, colour, 1 minute 45 secs.

All RAR battalions rotated through the major base at Nui Dat in Vietnam. Average/poor quality aerial footage, taken from a helicopter.

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

Australians in Action in Vietnam (F10168)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

Film, colour, 24 mins 26 secs.

1 RAR on parade in Sydney prior to embarkation for Vietnam. 1 RAR on operation with the United States 173rd Airborne Brigade in War Zone D. Australian Engineers dismantling a Viet Cong booby trap, 105mm Howitzers of 105 Battery Royal Australian Artillery support the infantry. Armoured personnel carriers of 1 APC troop, 1st Cavalry Regiment transporting 1 RAR through villages, conducting village searches. Captured Viet Cong weapons. A range of supporting arms and services are shown. See https://www.facebook.com/commonwealthforces/videos/179452223339644/UzpfSTEwMDAwMzM4OTk5NDc1NjoxMDE1Nzk4NTAwOTA1OTY2MA/

Australians in joint operation  (F04674)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1971

Film, 16mm/black and white, silent, 8 mins 29 secs.

DPR/TV/1415 film. Shows Australians in joint operations, mainly 3 RAR with supporting arms.

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

Australian troops destroy Viet Cong Camp (F03931)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

16mm film/b&w/silent, 12 secs.

Operation Kenmore. Troops from Alpha Company 7 RAR move through high swamp grass in the early morning. Made by DPR (DPR/TV/715).  See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C256109

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

Battle of Coral Vietnam ANZACS

Frontline Films, 2013

YouTube film, 10 mins 12 secs.

 Battle of Coral involving 3 RAR and featuring extensive archival footage during the Tet Offensive. Narrative includes MAJGEN Peter Phillips, AM, MC (Retd). Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU2R5EwNASM

Battle of Long Tan: edited version (F03370)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2017

16mm Film, colour and B & W footage, 1 hour and 14 secs duration.

Presentation by Lieutenant-Colonel Adrian Roberts who, as a Lieutenant, was the officer commanding 3 Troop 1 APC Squadron at the time of the battle at Long Tan in South Vietnam, 1966 supporting 6 RAR, especially D and A companies. Edited version of F03369. Also available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3y3hv2xiofI .

‘C’ Coy 7 RAR, Vietnam 1967-1968 (F03739)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968 

8mm film, colour, silent, 6 mins 40 secs. 

Shot by John Rawlins, features life in C coy 7 RAR in Vietnam 1967-68. Now digitised and accessible at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F03739/ .

Coral Balmoral Flashback Project – John Bryant on 50th Anniversary Part1

Frontline Film Foundation, 2018

YouTube film, 5 min 09 sec. Interviewer David Bradbury.

Bradbury interviewed 22 Vietnam War veterans who fought in the Battle of Coral and Balmoral, May 1968. This clip features Bryant  at the 50th commemoration (National Vietnam Veterans Museum), describing Operation Toan Thang (‘Complete Victory’)at Coral/Balmoral May 12 – June 6, 1968. Veterans included 1RAR, 3RAR, and the men who manned the guns, tanks and APCs in support. At the time, 1RAR and Guns were attacked by the NVA. Sheer courage, tenacity and great training stopped them from being over-run. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL57y4BOE10

 

Coral Balmoral Flashback Project – John Bryant on 50th Anniversary Part 2

Frontline Film Foundation, 2018

YouTube film, 4 min 12 sec. Interviewer David Bradbury.

Bradbury interviewed 22 Vietnam War veterans who fought in the Battle of Coral and Balmoral, May 1968. This clip features an interview of  Bryant, 1 RAR describing the battles. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=herVDmxV4cc

Coral Balmoral Flashback Project – LT Tony Jensen 2

Frontline Film Foundation, 2018

YouTube film, 6 min 20 sec. Interviewer David Bradbury.

Bradbury interviewed 22 Vietnam War veterans who fought in the Battle of Coral and Balmoral, May 1968. Second interview of LT Tony Jenson, Mortar Platoon commander 1 RAR. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrwgSiDQemk

 

Coral Balmoral Flashback Project – Private Barry Ryan

Frontline Film Foundation, 2018

YouTube film, 5 min 35 sec. Interviewer David Bradbury.

Bradbury interviewed 22 Vietnam War veterans who fought in the Battle of Coral and Balmoral, May 1968. This clip features an interview of  Ryan, D company, 3 RAR. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6YpkdhbIe4

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.

Forgotten Heroes (Battle of Long Tan)

Red Dune Films, 2006

YouTube film of a 60 Minutes production, 14 mins 17 secs.

Produced by Hamish Thomson and presented by Peter Harvey, this TV special was the story that 60 Minutes (Nine Network) Australia did on the Battle of Long Tan. Former Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Long Tan veterans, former enemy, admitted that Australia actually won the battle (but of course lost the war). For three and a half hours in the mud and shattered trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tan, 105 young Australians and 3 New Zealanders fought and defeated 2,500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers in an epic battle. 18 Australians were killed and 21 wounded with more than 500 VC and NVA killed with more than 1,000 wounded. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uODWvj8aP-Q

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

Interview with battalion commander ANZAC Battalion (F04350) – (DPR/TV/1132)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1969

TV camera, black and white, 21 secs

Features CO 6 RAR (ANZAC)  LTCOL David Butler  in Vietnam at the end of Operation Lavarack in 1969, during which almost 200 enemy were killed in three months. Now digitised and accessible at  https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C273723. Made by Defence Public Relations.

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/

Homeland Story

Film directed and produced by Glenda Hambly

Ronin Films, Canberra, 2019

87 min film/documentary; available on DVD from Feb 2020

The film relates to 2, 5 and 6 RAR Veterans and others who assist an Indigenous Homeland called Donydji in East Arnhem Land. It focuses on the work of Dr Neville White, a 2 RAR Veteran and genetic anthropologist who has worked there since 1974.  Part of that history includes the work of Veterans who he took to the Homeland to work with the young men of Donydi to build a school, houses, a workshop, outdoor kitchens and ablution blocks. A story of a remarkable cross-cultural partnership; one that benefited both the Veterans and the Donydji community.

 Interview with Neil Davis  (F10477)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra

Film, now on Youtube, Roll 3 -Frontline out-takes. 10 mins 47 seconds.

Neil Davis as a cameraman correspondent describing Viet Cong (VC) tactics used against US and Australian troops; Australian troops’ jungle warfare tactics, and how the VC adapted to them; Australian troops’ casualty rate due to landmines and booby traps; achievement of Australian, US and South Korean forces; his opinion on the value of their achievement. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QthUIEepB_4

Lieutenant Colonel J J Shelton takes command of 3 RAR from Lieutenant Colonel G J Leary (F03633)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1967

16mm film, black and white, 4 minutes

Coverage of change of command ceremony showing Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey James Shelton taking command of 3 RAR from Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey John Leary during the Vietnam War. Also available at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C218076 .

Operation Harvest (F04672)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968

16mm film/b&w/silent, 4 mins, 10 secs.

Film shows 3 RAR and 3 Cav Regt crews and vehicles on Operation Harvest. Made by DPR (DPR/TV/951). See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C294825

Tanks in operation (F04245)

Australian War Memorial , Canberra, 1968

16 mm Film DPR/TV/936, black and white, silent, 2mins 45 secs.

Film was shot on Operation Track Duster, an armoured/infantry operation near Thai Thien, 15 miles north west of Nui Dat, as APCs and Centurion tanks moved into a night ambush position along a waterway in Phuoc Tuy province. Ambush was not sprung during the night. 4 RAR/ANZAC troops involved. Further information is at http://www.4rarassociationsaustralia.com/stirrup-cup2017.html

The 9th Battalion’s year in Vietnam (F04406)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1969

16mm film, DPR/TV/1205, black and white, sound, 11mins 3 secs

9 RAR’s year in Vietnam. Viewable at https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C274336

The Battle of Long Tan: Australian Prime Minister present US Presidential Unit Citation – Vietnam War

Australian War Memorial/Red Dune films

YouTube film

Black and white, sound; 5 minutes, 27 seconds

Covers the parade at Lavarack Barracks Townsville where PM Gorton presents D Coy 6 RAR with their US Presidential Unit Citation. Accessible at https://battleoflongtan.com/medals-decorations-awards/

The Battle of Long Tan: Military Cross presentation to Major Harry Smith – Vietnam (F03833)

Australian War Memorial/Red Dune Films

YouTube film

Black and white, sound, 2 minutes, 21 seconds

Covers several of the awards made to members of D Coy 6 RAR, focussing on Major Harry Smith. Also online at https://battleoflongtan.com/medals-decorations-awards/

The Crater: A true Vietnam war story

Frontline Films and Spirited Films, 2020

David Bradbury Film, 58 minutes, available I DVD format and online at https://frontlinefilms.com.au/product/the-crater/

A personal story of one man’s tour of duty in Vietnam and his obsessive search to locate 42 former enemy soldiers Killed in Action so that their bodies can be returned to their families and their spirits put to rest. Based on 3 RAR, and features several veterans including Major-General Peter Phillips, AM, MC (Retd).

 

The 9th Battalion’s year in Vietnam (F04406)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1969

16mm film/b&w/silent, 11 mins 3 secs.

9 RAR’s year in Vietnam. Made by DPR (DPR/TV/1205). See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C274336

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=desktop

Tour of Vietnam 4 RAR and 9 RAR 1969 (F04756) – Part 1

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

8mm super/colour/Kodachrome)/silent; 17 mins 44 secs

Personal footage taken by (then) PTE Donald Tate in Vietnam and later converted to video. See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04756

Tour of Vietnam 4 RAR and 9 RAR 1969 (F04756) – Part 2

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

8mm super/colour/Kodachrome)/silent; 8 mins 01 secs

Personal footage taken by (then) PTE Donald Tate in Vietnam and later converted to video. See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04756

Tour of Vietnam 4 RAR and 9 RAR 1969 (F04756) – Part 3

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1965

8mm super/colour/Kodachrome)/silent; 46 mins 44 secs

Personal footage taken by (then) PTE Donald Tate in Vietnam and later converted to video. See https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/F04756

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

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

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

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

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 Battle of Long Tan

WALCH, Martin, Red Dunne Films, 2006

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

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

 

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)

Australia remembers Operation Tamar

ABC News

Utube video; 46 mins 2 secs.

Good footage of actual deployment interspersed with a speech on the 25th anniversary of the deployment that included elements of 2 and 2/4 RAR to Rwanda. Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfX5hDM0M4Y

A Debt of Honour: Australian East Timor Documentary

Nine Network Australia

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

Afghanistan: The Australian Experience – Tarin Kot, 2011 (F09579)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2013

YouTube film, 31 min 30 sec, produced by John Martinkus

The first of three documentaries created by the AWM. This film, shot in 2011, shows the world of the Australian soldier whose day to day realities include training Afghan National Army members and disposing of Improvised Explosive Devices, identified as the biggest single threat to Australian troops in Afghanistan. RAR troops are featured. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxDmowisp1I

 

Australian Patrol Bases – Uruzgan Province (F09580)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2014

YouTube film, 17 min 31 sec, produced by John Martinkus

The second of three documentaries created by the AWM on Afghanistan, this film, shot during 2011, features the inhabitants and surrounds of Patrol Base Samad, one of the newer bases in the Baluchi Valley of Uruzgan Province, and insight into Australian operations at Patrol Base Mirwais. Extensive footage of Chinook helicopter operations including resupply and operations. RAR troops are featured. Available at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj-vCBfVWAM

 

 Ben Robert-Smith VC MG: An Australian Hero Part 1

Channel 7, YouTube,14mins 40 secs, 2012

Producer: Alex Garipol for Sunday Night

Documentary on Roberts-Smith, formerly an RAR member, the third Australian VC recipient in Afghanistan. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWeNS1CS7yc

 

 Ben Robert-Smith VC MG: An Australian Hero Part 2

Channel 7, YouTube, 9mins 30 secs, 2012

Producer: Alex Garipol for Sunday Night

Documentary on Roberts-Smith, formerly an RAR member, the third Australian VC recipient in Afghanistan. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj3GgTHVYXc

 

TG Taji trains Iraqi’s 5 Brigade

CONTACT magazine, 2019

Video 2.37 mins

Footage shot in May 2019 of TF Taji Australian troops training Iraqis in-country. Includes heavy weapons and fighting in urban terrain.. See

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDTsz8vSQvc&feature=youtu.be

The Last Commando – Part 1

Utube video, ABC , 2014, 27 min 58 sec.

Program was originally shown on Australian Story on ABC TV. The first of two Parts to cover the life and death of Corporal Cameron Baird, VC, MG,  serving with 2 Commando Regiment at the time he was killed in action, and previously of 4 RAR. Baird was posthumously awarded the 100th VC to an Australian during the Australian deployments to Afghanistan.   Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcmrIFN2V9w&t=177s

The Last Commando – Part 2

Utube video, ABC, 2014, 29 min 39 sec.

Program was originally shown on Australian Story on ABC TV. The first of two Parts to cover the life and death of Corporal Cameron Baird, VC, MG,  serving with 2 Commando Regiment at the time he was killed in action, and previously of 4 RAR. Baird was posthumously awarded the 100th VC to an Australian during the Australian deployments to Afghanistan.   Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT8e5qCWz1s

Trooper Mark Donaldson, VC aussie of the year 2010

ABC, YouTube film, 6mins 23 mins,

Documentary featuring Donaldson, formerly an RAR member, who was the first Australian VC recipient in Afghanistan. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5S5MyTZRcY

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)

                            FUTURE/NEXT

HEDDERMAN, Billy – Unbowed: a soldier’s extraordinary journey back from paralysis (video story)

The story of an ex-Irish Army officer with service in Chad, Bosnia and the Middle East who then joined the Australian Army to serve with 6 RAR. Includes the account of his partial recovery from paralysis.

Video clip at https://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/books/unbowed/ to support the book listed in Part 3.