References: duty officer logs of 1Armd, 3 Cav, 6 RAR/NZ and 1 ATF
- researcher Mark Binning
1 – 4 Jan
NUI DAT with the remainder of W3 Coy, enjoyed company Christmas dinner
and subsequent celebrations.
2Tp, B Sqn, 3Cav commenced a 4 day independent operation with
RF troops in the area SE of
The independent op was the sections first experience with AMC,
being assigned AMC c/s 82 and 82A. The armoured patrol
through DAT DO to
to pick up RVN RF troops before off-loading them near the coast
where they were to sweep south. The APC/AMC troop then took a circuitous route
east and south, striking old paddy which almost bogged us (see
Night locations APC group: complete
heavy going on RF operation
Night locations APC group: complete at YS774644.
Night locations APC group: complete at YS709613.
YS637624. The driver of APC 22B required DUSTOFF after suffering a head
injury when his APC ran into a tree.
At 1346H at YS636627 a RF soldier stood on a 20-30 lb anti tank mine
resulting in 1x RF KIA, 2x RF WIA. There was a gap in
the bund where an old railway ran through the now disused paddy fields.
Since the gap was a potential crossing point for the APC three RF were sent
to check for mines. They just strolled into the gap, and one
detonated the pressure switch.
Night locations APC group: complete at YS635622.
APC group returned to NUI DAT shortly after last light.
10 – 14 Jan
Part of cordon at AP NGAI GIAO, Op NAPIER.
Op MATILDA in AO METEOR. Mortar Section [c/s85] deployed in AMC 82
with B Coy 6RAR/NZ, 3Tp B Sqn 3Cav, 3Cav HQ and a large number
of Centurion tanks and echelon vehicles of A Sqn 1Armd Regt on an armoured
sweep anti-clockwise through Binh Tuy Province and the NUI BE area. The force
[1Armd Gp] moved east
to HAM TAN and then NE of the NUI BE mountains before swinging back SW
and passing between NUI BE and NUI MAY TAU [east of and close to
where W3 Coy had spent Christmas day]. 1Armd Gp then returned to
Night locations 1Armd Gp: YS802706.
ASqn 1Armd Regt Centurion tanks
Op MATILDA Feb70 [Binning]
1021hrs at YS780685 found fresh dug gardens with one wooden structure with
thatched roof, 1Armd Gp destroyed structure with 20lb tank main armament
1135hr at YS804706 1Armd Gp
destroyed vegetables garden.
Night locations 1Armd Gp:
Night locations 1Armd Gp: YS909762
1337hrs 1Armd Gp arrived at HAM TAN to replenish supplies, completing
Phase 1 of the operation.
Night locations 1Armd Gp: YS991841.
1Armd Gp conducted RIF tasks to north of HAM TAN in
conjunction with RF/PF Forces from HAM TAN. It was around this
time that Pte Cherry fell off the back of an AMC into an
Night locations 1Armd Gp (-): YS942913.
1/3Tp [c/s31] with c/s85 YS990842
elements of armoured column contacted 1 VC with negative results, the machine gun
which engaged the enemy had a stoppage after 1 round.
Night locations: 1Armd Gp split into three groups, at YS990842, YS993974,
c/s85 still with c/s31 at YS942912.
Stu Cameron (left) and Dave
Condon (right) AMC 82 north west Ham Tan and in jungle below west slopes
of Nui May Tao [Binning]
1400H at GR897051, 6Pl B Coy
with 3Tp contacted 3 VC resulting in 1 VC KIA, 1x SKS, personal gear and documents recovered.
c/s85 had rejoined main force.
Night locations 1Armd Gp: YS861996.
2Tp 3 Cav RV’d with 1Armd Gp at YS861996 and effected
resupply after which 2Tp returned to
Night locations 1Armd Gp: YS808968.
Night locations 1Armd Gp: YS787927
Night locations: c/s85 at YS884763. Main body
1Armd Gp: YS790790.
Resupply 22Feb between Nui May
Tao and Nui Be [Binning]
Night locations 1Armd Gp: YS789667. Heard fishing boats off
shore but advised to let Navy send patrol boat to
end of Op MATILDA - 1Armd Gp return to NUI DAT. 3Cav vehicles
through HOA LONG and LONG DIEN. Tanks returned through DAT DO and Route 52.
27 - 31 Jan
operational from 6RAR/NZ mortar compound NUI DAT