Patrolling

Patrolling is the bread and butter of the infantry soldier. There may be other armies who patrol as much as do the Australians, but none that do more of it. There are just a few types of patrol, each has its own role in serving and protecting the parent body. Those in Korea were along these lines: The recce patrol which may be but three men then up to a patrol in strength of company size. Basically the job was the same and that was to locate the enemy and or find out their movements. Detect any threat from them for possible attacks, or their locations of strength. Usually dangerous.

Making sure how to call for help ...

Patrol briefing in C.P.
The sharp end, but with support.

But not for vaudeville

A white face reflects moonlight for unfriendly eyes
Charcoal and burnt cork skin conditioners ...

Night patrol prepares
Hill 355 Area, '53.

Patient at Canadian Hospital, May 53.

Jambalaya and crawfish pie and ...

Ambush patrols which were of any size, depending on the circumstances. The nitty gritty of these was to position your group in an area into which the enemy were likely stumble upon you with disastrous results for them. They didn't always work out like that, but many did. Sometimes we would use a small group as a lure, making too much noise or allowing themselves to be discreetly seen by the enemy and bolting from their pursuit. The escape route led of course right into the main ambush party, with dire results for them hopefully.

Not always of course.

Preparing for an ill-fated patrol

Ambush Patrol, May '53.
Chinese were waiting

He never came home

He fought to the end

Fighting patrols whose sole job was to locate and come to grips with the enemy. This had several reasons for being, mainly to gain control of an area and keep them from doing the same thing. Hopefully to pick up a prisoner if possible as a bonus, for interrogation purposes.

With the Chinese it also served the important role of stopping any sneaky secret build ups in a hidden area from which they could launch a surprise attack when least expected. Many UN positions, less actively patrolled than by RAR, were lost to the Chinese in this fashion. Sometimes resulting in a complete route of a large unit.

It was not uncommon for oposing fighters to bump each other by accident, the end result was anyone's guess.

The well dressed hiker ... in no-man's land

Before a fighting patrol
Last smoke and brew.

Prior to leaving
Not superstitious, we.

Just a walk on the moonscape

Patrolling was regularly done behind our lines, as well. As much for maintaining a presence as for actually bringing down guerilla snipers

In the line, Snatch patrols were sometimes used, these would normally be of modest size perhaps 16 men who set out for known outposts or watering places. Their role was to unexpectedly drop on the smaller group with the intention of snatching a healthy prisoner, with the least possible fuss so as to escape without getting caught.

Raiding patrols were used at times, maybe a platoon or even a company. Theirs was almost an attack but without the intention of taking and holding territory but rather unsettle the enemy and destroy bunkers. Once again hoping for an unwilling guest to take back home.

Resolving important world affairs

Boiling the billy. 1953
An old Australian bush custom becomes an important social event, on the line.

Crashed out during Guerilla Hunt. '52.
Good job to be good at

Well, at least he wasn't sitting on the skyline having a fag ...
At least we aren't laying around sleeping ...

On the move again '52.
But not anxious about it this time.

Sniper hunt 53.
Taking a break.

Hopefully the sniper is taking a break, too ...

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