Category: borneo conflict

Watching a Vickers Valetta C1 transport aircra…

Watching a Vickers Valetta C1 transport aircraft making a delivery run over the landing zone adjacent to their forward company base are 42950 Private (Pte) Robert Stanley (Bob) Swarbrick (left), and Pte Martin A Clark (right), both from Elizabeth, SA, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR). The men will collect the supplies and gather in the parachutes so they can be used another time. Note the bamboo pole supporting the radio antenna near the two men. Pte Swarbrick later served in South Vietnam with 3RAR between 1967 and 1968. Pte Clark previously served with 3RAR in Malaya and Singapore during the Malayan emergency.

Unidentified men from 24 Construction Squadron…

Unidentified men from 24 Construction Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers (RAE), work to construct a 70-mile long section of road through thick tropical rainforest in the state of Sabah, North Borneo.

Unidentified Australian soldiers from 102nd Fi…

Unidentified Australian soldiers from 102nd Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery (RAA), and local civilians assisting with the loading of a 105mm L5 Pack Howitzer onto a landing craft. It is one of six guns and approximately 40 vehicles being returned to their barracks at Malacca on the Malayan Peninsula as the men of the 102nd Field Battery complete their four-month operational tour in North Borneo.

Captured Indonesian Infiltrators wait in line…

Captured Indonesian Infiltrators wait in line to board transports, south of Terendak, under the guard of soldiers from ’D’ company, 3rd battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR).

Members of 3 Platoon, “A” company,…

Members of 3 Platoon, “A” company, 3rd battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), waiting to board a British Belvedere helicopter near the Kalimantan-Sarawak border.

Soldiers from the 4th Battalion, The Royal Aus…

Soldiers from the 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, moving from hut to hut in a village as they carry out a routine patrol along the Malaysian-Indonesian border.

Members of 3RAR, boarding an RAF Belvedere hel…

Members of 3RAR, boarding an RAF Belvedere helicopter,  Sarawak, Borneo, 1965.

Rear view of a Bristol Belvedere heavy lift tr…

Rear view of a Bristol Belvedere heavy lift transport helicopter from 66 Squadron, RAF, on the helipad at the A Company, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), forward base at Stass.

In the half light of dawn, with their 105mm L5…

In the half light of dawn, with their 105mm L5 Pack Howitzer at full recoil, an Australian artillery crew of the 102nd Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery (RAA), let fly at a target from their forward company base in North Borneo, close to the Sarawak-Kalimantan border.

In a training exercise, an armed boarding part…

In a training exercise, an armed boarding party from HMS Kent boards the River class frigate HMAS Derwent in the Malacca Strait.