Michael Apperley - Protecting the airfield and contingent

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Department of Veterans' Affairs


We would have to adopt a more offensive posture inside the compound, and whenever there was instances where the compound was breached, and we would go to, you know, a Stand-to situation. The mortar attacks started to increase. I spent a little bit of time down at, with the New Zealand contingent at the airfield.

The locals were starting to try and mortar the, you know, the aircraft on the inside of the airfield … we'd have to jump into bunkers and that type of thing. So, you know, it definitely wasn't getting any better. As we were leaving, we didn't really have good exit strategies for the contingent, but as a result of our security situation was deteriorating, they started putting a bit more planning into how the how the contingent the subsequent, you know, contingents were going to be looked after.

And in the end, they ended up bringing an SAS troop in to protect the Australian contingent because things started to deteriorate … I think the UN were very pleased with having the Australians there doing the movement control activities were fairly well organised. A lot of the contingents were not as well organised, you know, particularly, depending on what part of the part of the nation pool that they came out of at the time. So, I think they were happy to have a, you know, a fairly strong, well organised, disciplined team of people that could, you know, make things happen.

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