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5RAR soldiers boarding HMAS Sydney

Quintus Boards HMAS Sydney for Round 2

This photograph was taken by the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader newspaper as the boys embark aboard HMAS Sydney on Monday February 3, 1969.
The caption reads:
Lance Corporals O'Hara (Joe) Page of Brisbane and Ken Davis of Oatley are not a bit embarrassed by their cut-out mascot's apparent reluctance to leave for Vietnam.
They are watched by the Regimental sergeant Major, Warrant officer John Vagg, of Holsworthy.
The tiger went aboard HMAS Sydney backwards, with Page pulling its tail and Davis pushing its head.

But there was a reason.

The tiger, of the "tiger in the tank" species was a gift from Esso (if only they knew!... Ken) to Bravo Company of the 5th Battalion RAR - the 'Tiger Battalion'. It will grace the company's lines in Vietnam.