2IC B Coy & OC C Coy
Just prior to my promotion in February 1967 and
posting as OC C Company 5RAR, I was detached
from B Company 5RAR to HQ 1 ATF as Operations
Officer to work in the 1 ATF Command Post.
On 17 February 1967, 6RAR were deployed against
D445 Battalion during Operation 'Bribie'. A
Company 6RAR commanded by Major Owen O'Brien
mounted a near text book company attack on the
enemy who were known to be dug in and had
several machine guns.
At this time at HQ 1ATF I have the various 6RAR
radio net open and am keeping up to date on the
situation. As A Company 6RAR crossed the start
line the radio traffic went something like this:
this is 'One'
(OC A Company 6 RAR)
coming under heavy fire over."
The response was:
"This is 'Niner'
LTCOL Colin Townsend)
what do you mean by
heavy fire. 'Over'."
The reply was:
"This is 'One', they are only little bullets
but there are a f―king
lot of them, 'Over."
Article courtesy 'Tiger Tales' The official
newsletter of the 5RAR Association.
ONCE WE WERE SOLDIERS
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