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.



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.





Nil entry



SOUTH EAST ASIA 1950-current

(includes Malaya, Borneo, Singapore & Malaysia)

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


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.


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.


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


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:/


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


Unrestricted access to a large quantity of short films on the Vietnam that feature Australians including RAR personnel and units is at



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.




(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)


Nil entry


IRAQ 2003-09 and 2014–ongoing


Nil entry


AFGHANISTAN 2006-ongoing


Nil entry



(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