Commander's Diaries

 

A Squadron

23 December 1969 - 16 December 1970 

1 August 1970:

SHQ remained at Nui Dat.  1 Tp supported 8RAR in AO Shepherd;  2 Tp protected Land Clearing Team (LCT) in AO Mango; 3 Tp rest and maintenance at Nui Dat; 4 Tp supported 2RAR/NZ in AO Camel and protected damaged US "Duster' awaiting recovery plans.

 

0205hrs:

4 Tp sighted lights, believed to be VC mine laying party.

 

1045hrs:

4 Tp mini-team located mine.

 

2 August 1970:

SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp returned from supporting 8RAR in AO Shepherd; 2 Tp continued protecting LCT in AO Mango;

3 Tp prepared for deployment in support of 7RAR; 4 Tp continued to support 7RAR [sic] in AO Camel and protected recovery of mined US 'Duster' to Route 15.

 

3 August 1970:

SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp rest and maintenance; 2 Tp supported and protected LCT in AO Camel; 3 Tp deployed to support 

7RAR in AO Carmen; 4 Tp supported 2RAR/NZ in AO Drover with maintenance day.  Vic YS264732 during day 2RAR/NZ located

three separate mines--all potential anti-tank, indicating again . 

 

4 August 1970:

SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp rest and maintenance; 2 Tp supported and protected LCT in AO Camel; 3 Tp supported 7RAR in AO Carmen; 4 Tp supported 2RAR/NZ in AO Drover with maintenance day.

 

5 August 1970:

As above.

 

6 August 1970:

SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp rest and maintenance; 2 Tp supported and protected LCT in AO Camel; 3 Tp supported 7RAR in AO Sharon conducting reconnaissance and ambushes vic Route 328; 4 Tp supported 2RAR/NZ in AO Drover with night ambush.

 

General:   

2RAR/NZ continues to locate anti-personnel and anti-tank mines in vic FSB Gail and Route 15. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 August 1970:

SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp rest and maintenance; 2 Tp supported and protected LCT in AO Camel; 3 Tp supported 7RAR in AO Carmen with operations on Route 328; 4 Tp supported 2RAR/NZ in AO Drover with night ambush.

 

1130hrs:

3 Tp located old bunker system ; unoccupied.  Cpl Miller DUSTOFF as a result of falling tree as troop assaulted position.

 

1400hrs:

2 Tp located old bunker system which had recently been evacuated.

 

8 August 1970:

SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp rest and maintenance; 2 Tp supported and protected LCT in AO Camel; 3 Tp supported 7RAR in AO Carmen with operations on Route 328; 4 Tp continued to support 2RAR/NZ in AO Drover with night ambush.

 

9 August 1970:

SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp rest and maintenance; 2 Tp supported and protected LCT in AO Camel; 3 Tp supported 7RAR in AO Carmen with operations on Route 328; 4 Tp supported 2RAR/NZ in AO Drover with night ambush.

 

10 August 1970:

As above.

 

11 August 1970:

SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp rest and maintenance; 2 Tp continued to support and protect LCT in AO Camel, moving to Route 15 during day for maintenance; 3 Tp supported 7RAR in AO Carmen with operations on Route 328; 4 Tp supported 2RAR/NZ in AO Drover with night ambush.

 

12 August 1970:

Sqn (-) deployed in support of 8RAR contact 0430hrs...1 Tp with SHQ, Composite Tp with SHQ; 2 Tp continued to support and protect LCT in AO Camel, staying on Route 15 for maintenance; 3 Tp supported 7RAR in AO Carmen with operations on Route 328; 4 Tp supported 2RAR/NZ in AO Drover with night ambush.

 

0425hrs:

SHQ, 1 Tp and Composite Tp (92Alpha, Zero Echo, 3Alpha) deployed to support 8RAR contact.  Sqn task to form cordon on axis Route 2 as reinforcement for 8RAR cordon of Hoa Long village.  SHQ, 1 Tp in position 0500hrs, sqn cordon complete 0530hrs.  Sqn released 1130hrs and returned to Nui Dat.

 

13 August 1970:

Sqn (-) remained at Nui Dat.  1 Tp deployed to AO Drover to support 2RAR/NZ; 2 Tp remained in support of  LCT in AO Camel; 3 Tp remained in support of  7RAR in AO Carmen; 4 Tp returned to Nui Dat after supporting 2RAR/NZ in AO Drover.

 

14-15 August 1970:

Diary entry missing (returned to AWM digitalisation team for 'rework')

 

16 August 1970:

Sqn (-) remained at Nui Dat.  1 Tp continued to support  2RAR/NZ in AO Drover; 2 Tp remained in support of  LCT in AO Camel; 3 Tp remained in support of  7RAR in AO Carmen; 4 Tp remained Nui Dat for rest and maintenance.

 

17 August 1970:

SHQ deployed with SHQ Tp to FSB Le Loi for TFHQ deployment exercise;  1 Tp continued to support  2RAR/NZ in AO Drover with night ambush; 2 Tp continued to support and protect LCT in AO Mango; 3 Tp remained in support of  7RAR in AO Carmen; 4 Tp and Admin Tp remained Nui Dat. 

 

18 August 1970:

SHQ with SHQ tanks remained with HQ 1ATF at FSB Le Loi; 1 Tp continued to support  2RAR/NZ in AO Drover with night ambush; 2 Tp continued to support and protect LCT in AO Mango with night ambush; 3 Tp remained in support of  7RAR in AO Carmen; 4 Tp and Admin Tp remained Nui Dat. 

 

19 August 1970:

As above.

 

20 August 1970

 SHQ with SHQ tanks remained with HQ 1ATF at FSB Le Loi; 1 Tp continued to support  2RAR/NZ in AO Drover; 2 Tp continued to support and protect LCT in AO Mango; 3 Tp remained in support of  7RAR in AO Carmen; 4 Tp remained Nui Dat for rest and maintenance. 

 

21 August 1970:

SHQ with SHQ tanks returned [to Nui Dat] from FSB Le Loi; 1 Tp continued to support  2RAR/NZ in AO Drover; 2 Tp continued to support and protect LCT in AO Mango; 3 Tp remained in support of  7RAR in AO Carmen; 4 Tp remained Nui Dat for rest and maintenance. 

 

22 August 1970:

SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp continued to support  2RAR/NZ in AO Drover with night ambush; 2 Tp continued to support and protect LCT in AO Mango; 3 Tp remained in support of  7RAR in AO Carmen; 4 Tp remained Nui Dat for rest and maintenance. 

 

23 August 1970:

SHQ remained Nui Dat; 1 Tp continued to support  2RAR/NZ in AO Drover with night ambush; 2 Tp continued to support and protect LCT in AO Mango; 3 Tp released from supporting  7RAR to assist 8RAR in movement into Long Hai area bunkers (bogged); 4 Tp remained Nui Dat for rest and maintenance.

 

2105hrs:

1 Tp reported movement two people with no result.