Operation Ainslie, involving Australian and United States forces, is continuing. It aims to flush out?
Troops combing old village; evacuating villagers and belongings; Lt. Col. McDonagh discussing blue print of new settlement; at new village; soldiers and refugees speeding up construction houses; refugees disembarking truck; unloading produce and belongings.
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Background: Operation Ainslie, involving Australian and United States forces, is continuing. It aims to flush out Viet Cong forces from their hideouts in a region 10 miles (16 km) northwest of the Australian task force base. The base is situated at Nui Dat, in Phuoc Tuy province, about 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Saigon.
The search and destroy mission demanded the evacuation of 1,500 Vietnamese, who lived in thatched huts scattered throughout the region.
Australian troops conducted a census, while psychological warfare specialist briefed the people who were given medical checks and inoculations.
Following the evacuation, the troops dismantled the huts. The evacuees, the last big Vietnamese community in the province, are being resettled in an area away from Viet Cong influence.
The main feature of operation Ainslie has been the construction of the new village and the re-settlement of the people with livestock, produce and personal belongings.
It is the largest and most ambitious project yet undertaken by the Australian task force.
Plans for the new village were drafted and prepared by the commanding officer, 1st. Civil Affairs Unit. Lieutenant-Colonel John McDonagh, who is a civil engineer.