31 October - 12 December
Captain Mike Battle
operation was in the same general area as Operation Camden.
The contacts and pattern of enemy movement were still such
as would indicate that the enemy, although he was taking
continuous heavy casualties in this area, was compelled by
his logistics system to remain there.
(B Company) with the tanks and
APC's were deployed
along that portion of Route 15 within AO (Area of
Operations) Grace. A liaison team was established at Long
Thauh to maintain close contact with the district
authorities. Two companies were to sweep initially west to
east in the southern half of the AO with a third party (D
Company), blocking to the east.
bunker contacts were made with the enemy. They were against
HQ274 Regiment, 3 Battalion 274 Regiment, The Heavy Weapons
Company 274 Regiment and the Sapper Reconnaissance Company
of HQT7. These were nearly all within fifteen hundred yards
of the highway where the enemy were free from B52 strikes
and had quick access to the villages for resupply.
fire base at Cape particularly,
Shadow Gunships became
nightly visitors. These aircraft not only prevented enemy
movement and kept everyone awake, but provided an awesome
spectacle of red curtains of tracer.
Operation Kings Cross, all available intelligence pointed to
a large scale offensive against Route 15 posts by 274
regiment supported by HQ Sub Region 4. This operation did
not eventuate, probably because of the presence of 5 RAR and
its strong mobile armoured reaction force in AO Grace.
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