104 Sig Sqn | Album 46

ALBUM 46 - 104 SIG SQN

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Radio Sgt Max Hardy at FSPB Coral
46-1. Radio Sgt Max Hardy at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Dave Thompson [1968]

104 Sig Sqn members playing volley ball at FSPB Coral  
46-2. 104 Sig Sqn members playing volley ball at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Dave Thompson [1968]

104 Sig Sqn members playing volley ball at FSPB Coral 
46-3. 104 Sig Sqn members playing volley ball at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Dave Thompson [1968]

Unknown at FSPB Coral 
46-4.  Unknown at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Dave Thompson [1968]

SSM WO2 Bluey Still (104 Sig Sqn) doing photos at FSPB Coral    
46-5. SSM WO2 Bluey Still (104 Sig Sqn) doing photos at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Dave Thompson [1968]

Tanks and APC at FSPB Coral 
46-6.  Tanks and APC at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Dave Thompson [1968]

Tanks and their recovery vehicle at FSPB Coral
46-7.  Tanks and their recovery vehicle at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Dave Thompson [1968]

 Unknown at FSPB Coral  
46-8. Unknown at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Dave Thompson [1968]

104 Sig Sqn Cook preparing meal at FSPB Coral
46-9. 104 Sig Sqn Cook preparing meal at FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Dave Thompson [1968]

Chinook bring in Defence stores and Ammo to FSPB Coral 
46-10. Chinook bring in Defence stores and Ammo to FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Dave Thompson [1968]

104 Tent damage from RPG at FSPB Coral 
46-11. 104 Tent damage from RPG at FSPB Coral.   Photo supplied by Dave Thompson [1968]

F Troop (Radio), 104 Sig Sqn Drawing 
46-12.  F Troop Drawing (Radio Troop, 104 Sig Sqn) by Bobby Ellis [2005]

Note:  The following photos (also Album 47) were taken by Bobby travelling with HQ 3RAR in what is now known as "The Battle of Coral".  Bobby was the Radio Det Comd of the 104 Sig Sqn Det with 3RAR providing the rear radio link to the Task Force.

The 3RAR Tactical HQ Group en route to form FSPB Coral 
46-13.  The 3RAR Tactical HQ Group en route to secure FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Bobby Ellis [12 May 1968]

Comment:  No one knew at the time that they were deploying to the largest formation battle for Australian Forces since WW2.

3RAR at the first site proposed for FSPB Coral 
46-14.  3RAR at the first site proposed for FSPB Coral.  Photo supplied by Bobby Ellis [12 May 1968]

Comment:  The book "The Battle of Coral" by Lex McAulay gives details of the early deployment to Coral - The enemy miss a great chance in the first hours of the deployment - Thank Christ!

One of the first 105mm Gun and pallet of ammo coming into FSPB  Coral
46-15.  One of the first 105mm Gun and pallet of ammo coming into FSPB  Coral - Most likely 161 Battery RNZA who were located near 3RAR.  Note:  Smoke being used to confirm delivery point (and Australians/Kiwis on the ground).  Photo supplied by Bobby Ellis [12 May 1968]

More troops and war stores coming into early Coral by Chinook
46-16.  More troops and war stores coming into early Coral by Chinook.  3RAR RAP being dug-in in the foreground but was filled in when 3RAR moved to the North.  Photo supplied by Bobby Ellis [May 1968]

3RAR moving with the RAP filled-in in the foreground.  FSPB Coral
46-17. 3RAR moving with the RAP filled-in in the foreground.  FSPB Coral.  Note the RC292 Antenna and the Remote (AN/GRA-39) at its base. Photo supplied by Bobby Ellis [May 1968]

3RAR moving with the RAP filled-in in the foreground.  FSPB Coral
46-18. 3RAR moving with the RAP filled-in in the foreground.  FSPB Coral.  Note the RC292 Antenna and the Remote (AN/GRA-39) at its base.  Photo supplied by Bobby Ellis [May 1968]

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