21 - 26 July 1969
By Captain Mike Battle
operation was part of a task force plan to locate elements
of D445 and disrupt a reported planned offensive by that
deployed into AO (Area of Operations) Panther and the Fire
Base was named Elaine. The AO was thought to contain two
traditional D445 camps. This was not verified. The only
major contact was with a tax collecting squad from Xuyen
Moc, but some important finds were made.
It was found
that a large group of illegal settlers were living in the
area of the province boundary. Three defensive hamlets were
located by D Company, each of which could hold one hundred
people. In both cases, the areas had been vacated some
twenty four hours before the arrival of the company. these
people were providing rice, vegetables and fish to the Viet
Cong. The VC bases were very well established and in one
case had hand carved double beds and musical instruments.
were located which were being cultivated. The most blatant
of these was a scattered cornfield, 10,000 metres long sown
along the entire length of the inter province boundary,
going right into the Nui May Tao valley.
After the two
company sweep towards the armoured blocking forces were
completed, it was evident that although the enemy had used
the area previously, D445 was not currently in the AO. 9 RAR
had found an enemy company west of Xuyen Moc.
after deployment, 5 RAR returned to Nui Dat to prepare for
its next major operation.
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