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Thua Tich, South Vietnam, 1969-06

by Christopher Bellis

Exhausted after a successful night ambush and an attempted Viet Cong (VC) ambush earlier that day, 235254 Captain (Capt) Tom Henry Arrowsmith of Campbelltown, NSW, rests on top of his armoured personnel carrier (APC) at the Government outpost of Xuyen Moc. Capt Arrowsmith is the Commander of 2 Troop, B Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment which, together with a force of infantry and engineers killed sixteen (eleven and later five) enemy in the two contacts and captured seven AK47 assault rifles, two RPG2 (rocket propelled grenade) rocket launchers, and a pistol, together with drugs, surgical instruments, and equipment. The armoured force, from the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) base at Nui Dat, was sweeping the area of north eastern Phuoc Tuy Province.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.