Australian troops sent to Vietnam

Title:
Australian troops sent to Vietnam
NFSA ID:
294394
Year:
1965
Courtesy:
Cinesound Movietone Productions
Category:
Access fees

This Movietone News clip shows Australian troops embarking for Vietnam in 1965.

The first half of the clip is silent. Narration over the second half of the clip gives background information to the conflict.

In 1964 the Australian Government reintroduced compulsory national service for 20-year-old men. 

On 29 April 1965, Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced Australia would provide an infantry battalion to support US forces in Vietnam.

The government subsequently dispatched the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in June 1965.

Please note: the first segment of this clip is silent.