"Ambush"

RP578

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#1
Stumbled across this fascinating little short film whilst browsing on the Pathe news site:

Ambush Reel 1

Ambush Reel 2

At the end of the short film the voice over states that it was a reconstruction of events that happened in January 1964 to a unit form the 4th Bn, R Anglians, formerly the Royal Leicesters.

Interesting that the film was made in the same year. Possibly as part of a recruitment drive? Note that the SLRs being used have the black plastic stocks and not the wooden ones seen some time later during the early years of Op Banner.
 
#2
RP578 said:
Stumbled across this fascinating little short film whilst browsing on the Pathe news site:

Ambush Reel part 1

Ambush Reel part 2

At the end of the short film the voice over states that it was a reconstruction of events that happened in January 1964 to a unit form the 4th Bn, R Anglians, formerly the Royal Leicesters.

Interesting that the film was made in the same year. Possibly as part of a recruitment drive? Note that the SLRs being used have the black plastic stocks and not the wooden ones seen some time later during the early years of Op Banner.
The stocks on the SLR's are wooden not plastic. The wood has been stained or painted Black.
 
#4
RP578 said:
Stumbled across this fascinating little short film whilst browsing on the Pathe news site:

Ambush Reel part 1

Ambush Reel part 2

At the end of the short film the voice over states that it was a reconstruction of events that happened in January 1964 to a unit form the 4th Bn, R Anglians, formerly the Royal Leicesters.

Interesting that the film was made in the same year. Possibly as part of a recruitment drive? Note that the SLRs being used have the black plastic stocks and not the wooden ones seen some time later during the early years of Op Banner.
If it was 1964 it would be the Borneo conflict,it would be Indonesians not CT's
 

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#5
Gungythree said:
If it was 1964 it would be the Borneo conflict,it would be Indonesians not CT's
Yes, it's definitely Borneo. Even before the date is mentioned it's pretty obvious from the weapons as well cultural references (volunteer army, 'A Hard Day's Night' etc.) that this was in the mid-1960's.

As for the reference to CTs it seems to be an editorial error by the archivist. The enemy were more officially referred to as Indonesian Border Terrorists (IBT) and the domestic Clandestine Communist Organisation (CCO) which was a predominantly Chinese guerrilla outfit in Sarawak. Even though regular Indonesian Army units (TNI) were used, the fiction of them being volunteer units was maintained by both sides. Even the ones parachuted into the Malay Peninsular.
 
#6
RP578 said:
Gungythree said:
If it was 1964 it would be the Borneo conflict,it would be Indonesians not CT's
Yes, it's definitely Borneo. Even before the date is mentioned it's pretty obvious from the weapons as well cultural references (volunteer army, 'A Hard Day's Night' etc.) that this was in the mid-1960's.

As for the reference to CTs it seems to be an editorial error by the archivist. The enemy were more officially referred to as Indonesian Border Terrorists (IBT) and the domestic Clandestine Communist Organisation (CCO) which was a predominantly Chinese guerrilla outfit in Sarawak. Even though regular Indonesian Army units (TNI) were used, the fiction of them being volunteer units was maintained by both sides. Even the ones parachuted into the Malay Peninsular.
There's some good stuff on the conflict on Britains Small Wars


http://www.britains-smallwars.com/Borneo/index.html
 
#7
RP578 said:
Stumbled across this fascinating little short film whilst browsing on the Pathe news site:

Ambush Reel part 1

Ambush Reel part 2

At the end of the short film the voice over states that it was a reconstruction of events that happened in January 1964 to a unit form the 4th Bn, R Anglians, formerly the Royal Leicesters.

Interesting that the film was made in the same year. Possibly as part of a recruitment drive? Note that the SLRs being used have the black plastic stocks and not the wooden ones seen some time later during the early years of Op Banner.
Thanks for putting that on,was a good watch ! :D
 
#8
Hey thanks for posting . Saw this away back in 1980 when I was an army cadet . I'd forgotten the name of it but remember being fascinated by it :)
 
#9
RP578 said:
Stumbled across this fascinating little short film . . . .

Note that the SLRs being used have the black plastic stocks and not the wooden ones seen some time later during the early years of Op Banner.
Err - bollox. Wooden stocks were in service until (at least) 1976 - I had a triangular wooden stock on my SLR in Armagh that year. I can't remember exactly when I had to give up wood for plastic: it could even have been as late as 1981-2-3, when we were in Berlin
 

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#10
Stonker said:
Err - bollox. Wooden stocks were in service until (at least) 1976 - I had a triangular wooden stock on my SLR in Armagh that year. I can't remember exactly when I had to give up wood for plastic: it could even have been as late as 1981-2-3, when we were in Berlin
Yeah, thanks. See spiffy's post above.
 

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