The Front Line-Vietnam

By Morgan C. & Elsa L.

What Troops Had to Face in the Thick of the War
From the weapons used by the soldiers in battle to the conditons and areas they fought in.
(Please note: The slide above are from various pictures found graphically expressing what the front line was like for troops. It was hand created by Elsa and Morgan and we recomend this site, "Slide", for anyone else wishing to do something simular, it's easy and fun.)

Many underground tunnels snaked under the forest and soldiers feet.
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The Front Line By Keely And Alexis

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external image vienam.jpgWhat is a Frontline? a frontline is when two teams in war are in a line facing each other about to have n ambush.

The front line is when you are in an ambush and are pretty much face to face with the enemy. an ambush usually only lasts 5-10 minutes but someimes can go for 20minutes.the only footage you can ever see on veitnam, is the documentary but our very own Neil Davis. ( Alexis's Part On Neil Davis)
On of the worst things about going on an ambush is that you could go out there for a week and not even find the enemy! The whole time you are out there you are pretty much on your toes the whole time. because you never know when you are going to run into the enemy. The ambushs in veitnam are much different to the ones in world war 1 and 2, in those wars you knew where the enemy were the whole time but in Veitnam you never know where they are. When people were out on an ambush it would be one of the most scaryest things those men would have gone though.They weren't weven allowed to stop for a toilet break because if the enemy came while they were sitting down you are an easy target. Also a hard challage they went though was going though knee deeop heave and thick mud. espially with 6 kilograms on your back it wasn't that easy.

"From Vung Tau, riding Chinooks, to the dust at Nui Dat
I'd been in and out of choppers now for months.
But we made our tents a home, VB and pinups on the lockers
And an Asian orange sunset through the scrub. ....................

......... A Four Week Operation when each step could mean your last one on two legs
It was a war within yourself.
But you wouldn't let your mates down til they had you dusted off
So you closed your eyes and thought about something else.

Then someone yelled out "Contact!" and the bloke behind me swore
We hooked in there for hours, then a Godalmighty roar
Frankie kicked a mine the day that mankind kicked the moon,
God help me, he was going home in June. "

Some Lyrics From the Song " I was Only Nineteen" By Red gum

Neil Davis

Neil Davis, born 14 February 1934. Died, 9 September 1985. Known as one of Australia’s most well known and respected cameramen.

Early 1964, Neil travelled to Borneo to film the destruction that broke out between Indonesia and Malaya. It was his first assignment and war, but there was nothing there that interested him. This was the first of many to come. Later-on, Neil travelled to Vietnam and Laos. This was his first time to visit these states. He reported from across Asia, but was most well known to report in indo-china. Neil Davis shows combat footage and how he had a very lucky life when being in the front line. When he was on the front line, he had been injured a couple of time but, he almost lost a leg filming. He was strong and determined that he wanted to keep filming and recovered and continued on his work. He was driven around, to succeed in the best film he could get. For over 20 years he was worldwide known, being a jounalist and cameraman. Neil bought photographs from the 3 continents of worl wide TV.

On 9 September 1985, Davis was killed by shrapnel while filming a coup in Bangkok.

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Neil Davis on the frontline Neil Davis 30 years of age.