Danny Blomeley - A communications detachment
I can only speak for the location where I was located. So we were primarily there as communications, so we were responsible for maintaining the communication. So we had schedules at, from memory 6:00 AM, 9:00 AM. Midday was no good. We couldn't get comms via HF at midday. And then three, six and nine. So we just simply report in on any activity. And 99% of the time, there is nothing to report.
So that was primarily our role. So the detachment where I was, I was the only armed soldier. So there was serving military observers from other countries. So Philippines, UK, and New Zealand. So there was about eight other guys there, but they were a little bit away from the location where I was right on the river. And that was my accommodation as well.
So just a small little hut. Plenty of rats, plenty of snakes, plenty of spiders, all that sort of thing in which you get to learn to live with over there. But yeah, as I said, we were the only ones that were technically armed. So we were sort of the go-to if ever that was needed. Although, I'm convinced, well I know that the other military observers had acquired weaponry through their own means in case, or if in the event things kicked off.