of APCs (foreground) and TCVs
(distant right rear of photo) At Long Binh 27 March 1969
Captain D.S. Wilkins's diary describes
"The threat of an offensive upon Long Binh has now become
very remote owing to the trouncing the enemy received trying to get
into here. The only existing threat that may occur is along an
east-west axis to the south of Route 1 ('Street Without Joy')
leading through Long Binh."
Street Without Joy was the name given to Route 1 where the Viet Minh
constantly ambushed the French during the first Vietnam War in
the1950s. It was also the title given to the history of that war,
written by Bernard Fall.
"As a result of this possible threat, our battalion is moving today
(27 March) to a new AO, (Area of Operations) called 'Manuka'. The
move by road using APCs (From 3rd Cavalry Regiment) and TCVs (troop
carrying vehicles) was an absolute monster, especially the
occupation of the new Fire Support Base 'Sally'." "In addition to
our normal Battalion Headquarters group and mortars, there were 105
Field Battery (Australian Artillery with 105mm guns), the B Battery
2/32 Medium Battery (US) consisting of tracked armoured vehicles
with 155mm guns, and Golf Troop of 11 Armoured Cavalry Regiment
(US), which consists of APCs."
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