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Aussies prepare for night patrol

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Materials available to the enemy in 1951

The Aussies always patrolled aggressively, to keep the enemy from drifting attack forces close enough to their lines to make any sort of surprise attack. That is one reason why their Kiwi artillery slaughtered so many attackers, who had to cover the entire distance between their forward posts and the Aussie minefields.

Off to work, 355, '53

Off to work, 355, '53

Getting ready for night patrol, Owen gun leaning against bunker at left, Bren underfoot at right, two more Owens descernible further on behind the right man's legs. The lad wearing a flak jacket, with his back to camera, also has a 36 mill grenade hooked on his belt, probably one of two, and the lad on the left is just putting on his night-caller blackface.

With regards to use of the Owen in Korea, for long range work it left much to be desired. However following the start of the 'static war phase' most of the combat was during the night, and included patrols, raids and defending against attacks. The type of fighting involved was therefore up close and personal, and in those conditions the Owen was excellent. I am not aware of any ammunition problems during those two years, certainly none where a bullet failed to enter a body from close quarters. The Bren was a superior weapon but had two disadvantages in this type of work, it was very heavy and needed two men to man it properly and it was cumbersome in close order operations. ie. In trenches or fighting pits.

When attached to the DLI for a time, my Brit cobbers would ask for a loan of my Owen quite often if I were not going out with them on some job. Our American buddies would pay handsomely for one when we were with the 7th Cav and 3 id. Actually keeping them from being pinched was a full time task.

Well it's time to earn the pay lads, some going to work whilst the others house-sit.

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