22 May - 1
Captain Mike Battle
headquarters group reoccupied Fire Support Base Susan and
the two companies again went back the Nui Thi Vai's while
the other two went into the Nui Dinh complex. Eventually all
companies redeployed into the latter area.
time a local RF (Regional Force) Company came under control
of 5 RAR each day. This experiment in building up the
confidence of the local troops and encouraging them to
operate away from their defended posts showed promise. With
Australian liaison officers, this company searched the
south-western corner of the AO (Area of Operations).
took to the ridges of the Nui Bao, Quan and Nui Dinh ranges
and was very successful in dislodging a large group of enemy
from their traditional sanctuary areas. This group was not
followed because of the large numbers of women and children
in the party.
closed with the enemy driven from his bases close to
population centres. In this type of warfare this is
important as the revolutionary aims of the Liberation front
can only be achieved by re-education of the population. This
in turn, depends on the military successes of the Viet Cong
on the battlefield, to emphasize on the 'silent majority' of
'fence sitters', the weakness of the present Government's
authority. Consequently, one of the major tasks of any
allied operation was to force and maintain a separation
between the Viet Cong and the civilian population.
Twickenham was 5 RAR's most successful to date. Military
successes were significant, and the local forces were
encouraged to assume greater responsibilities in the
protection of the civilian population.
saddened by our own losses, 5 RAR returned to base confident
of its capabilities after dispelling the bogey of the Thi
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