- Edition: Reprint
- Format: HArdcover
- Author: Neville J. Modystack
- Pages: 293
- ISBN: 9781876439576
- Unit: 1 Troop of A Squadron of the 4th/19th Prince of Wales Light Horse
This book describes the combat experiences of 1 Troop of A Section of the 4th/19th Price of Wales Light Horse in Vietnam.
At the time it was equipped with British armoured vehicles. Having been warned for Vietnam, the Troop had to qucikly adopt to the new American M113A1 personnel carrier and some men were still learning to drive them while at sea.
Traveling to Vietnam on HMAS Sydney 1 Troop was finally landed at Vung Tau and then sent to Bien Hoa, with the rest of the Australian force. They were attached to 1 RAR but had no opportunity to train with the infantry first. The Troop, while highly trained in some aspects of war, was appallingly prepared for action in Vietnam. In addition there were deficiencies of clothing, tools and other equipment and some improvisation was needed.
The 1 RAR group including carriers, was in turn attached to the US 173rd Airborne Brigade – a gung ho paratroop unit. After a short period of acclimatization and organization, the 1 Troop was committed to action, being engaged in a myriad of APC work, including troop carrying assaults, POW transport, road convey excort, road blocks, transport of rice caches, radio relays, route reconnaissance, fire support with mortars and other duties.
The Pony Soldiers 1 Troop had many enemy contacts and was engaged in one major battle in Operation Rolling Stone as well as other operations with 1 RAR and the Americans.