Commander's Diaries

 

A Squadron

23 December 1969 - 16 December 1970 

1 April 1970: 

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Troop remains in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland.  Elements on Horseshoe Hill.  Troop remains AO Bendigo.  Troop supporting road construction Route 2.

 

1635hrs:   

2 Troop detonated 10-15lb Chicom pressure mine.  No casualties.  Vehicle damage: RH bumper suspension stop slightly damaged.

 

1445hrs:   

2 Troop located old bunker system---destroyed by bulldozer

 

2 April 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Troop remains in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland.  Elements on Horseshoe Hill.  Troop remains AO Bendigo.  Troop supporting road construction Route 2.  Troop supporting RF vicinity YS 4952.

 

3 April 1970: 

As above.

 

1800hrs:

3 Troop reacted from vic YS 4952 to vicinity 543676 to assist with 8RAR contact.  Moving in darkness troop failed to locate infantry.  Remained in area for night and then returned to Nui Dat.  No enemy contact.

 

4 April 1970:

A Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Troop remains in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland.  Elements on Horseshoe Hill.  Troop remains AO Bendigo.  Troop supporting road construction Route 2.

 

5 April 1970:

As above.

 

6 April 1970:

As above.

 

0650hrs:   

2 Troop detained five Hoi Chanhs who had been sighted by an aircraft.  Detainees later taken to Nui Dat.

 

1915hrs:     

Ready Reaction Force including tanks investigated bunkers.  No contact.  4 Troop on RRF.

 

7 April 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat. Troop remains in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland.  Elements on Horseshoe Hill. Troop remains AO Bendigo. Troop supporting road construction Route 2.

 

8 April 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Troop remains in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland.  Elements on Horseshoe Hill.  Troop supporting road construction Route 2.

 

9 April 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Troop remains in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland.  Troop supporting road construction Route 2.  Elements (2 tanks) with Mine Clearing Team YS 5154.

 

10 April 1970:

As above

 

11 April 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Troop remains in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland.  Elements with Mine Clearing Team YS 5154.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-13 April 1970:

As above.

 

14 April 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Troop remains in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland.  Two vehicles with Mine Clearing Team YS 5154.

 

15 April 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Troop remains in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland.  Two vehicles with Mine Clearing Team.

 

16 April 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Troop remains in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland.  Two vehicles with Mine Clearing Team.  Troop supports RF in vicinity YS 4853.

 

17 April 1970:

Sqn (-) remains Nui Dat.  Troop remains in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland.  Elements with Mine Clearing Team.  Troop supports RF in vicinity YS 4853.

 

18-19 April 1970:

As above.

 

20 April 1970:

Sqn (-) deployed in Support of Operation CONCRETE, Troop in support 6RAR/NZ in AO Auckland, Troop supporting 8RAR in AO Rainworth, Troop deployed to the Horseshoe, Troop supporting Route 2 construction, elements Mine Clearing Team vic 5055.

 

21 April 1970:

As above.

 

22 April 1970:

As above.

 

1350-1930hrs:

2 Troop and 3 Troop left respective battalion operations to support 7RAR in bunker contact.  Moved to area with Troop either side of watercourse.  No contact made with enemy.  To participate in sweep with infantry on 22 (sic) April 1970.

 

23 April 1970:

Sqn (-) deployed in Support of Operation CONCRETE.  Two troops supporting 7RAR in AO Penny, deployed to Nui Dat and Horseshoe. Troop remains AO Bond, Troop supporting Route 2 construction, elements Mine Clearing Team vic 5055.

 

24 April 1970:

Sqn (-) remains in support of 1ATF operations. Troops remains Horseshoe, Troop at FSB Bond, Troop supporting Route 2 construction, elements Mine Clearing Team vic 5055, Troop Nui Dat.

 

25 April 1970:

Sqn (-) remains in support of 1ATF operations. Troops remains Nui Dat, Troop at Horseshoe, Troop at FSB Bond with SHQ
(-), Troop supporting Route 2 construction, elements Mine Clearing Team vic 5055.

 

2210hrs:

Elements supporting Mine Clearing Team at NDP Timothy fired in support of 9 Platoon C Company 7RAR ambush contact. Fifty five rounds HE with apparently good impact in required area.  Morning sweep located four VC KIA (BC), blood trails and drag marks.