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Directorate of Public elations, Army Headquarters, CANBERRA A.C.T.

No. 6299

SUCCESSFUL AMBUSH BY AUSTRALIANS

Nul Pat. Saturday; Australian soldiers ambushed a small enemy

force early yesterday and killed four Vietcong, Including two senior members

of local guerilla units.

One other senior VC officer was wounded and taken prisoner.

' Troops of Nine Platoon, 0 Company, 8th Battalion, The Royal

Australian Regiment opened fire on about six enemy just south of the village of

Hoa Long,

Among the four enemy killed were Nam Son, Officer Commanding

the VC administrative section in Vung Tau and his second in command, Chinh,

The Adjutant of the V ng Tau city unit, Nguyen Vanh Thong,

was wounded and flown to the 1st Australian Field Hospital at Vung Tau.

The enemy party, heavily laden with rice, tobacco and other

supplies had been on a resupply mission to the +·Î¿*ίη· of Long Dien,

after leaving their hideout in the Nui Dinh hills several hours earlier.

The action was only yards from the site of another ambush by another

platoon from C Company in August when 19 VC were .killed and six taken prisoner.

Lieutenent-Colonel Keith CUNeill, Commanding Officer of 8th Battalion^

said later that Nine Platoon had had 26 major contacts with the enemy. **e said

this was probably more then any other Australian platoon to serve in Vietnam.

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^ater yesterday, spotter aircraft flying over the Nui Dtnh hills,

west of the T ask Force base at Nul Dat, spotted six to ten enemy who

opened fire on the aircraft.

A platoon of New Zealanders from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian

^egiment/toew Zealand (Anzac) were airlifted into the hills and shortly afterwards,

one VC surrendered.

The sweep of the hills Is continuing.

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Further information:

CANBERRA; Captain ^erek Roylance (65-4059) (48-8694)

10 October, 1970 STATES; ADPR AT COMMAND HEADQUARTERS