This Part contains RAR historical material of any nature that is only stored digitally on a DVD or CD and requires the applicable player to retrieve and view. Unless otherwise stated, sources listed might be obtained through normal information support/library/online sources. Items including the descriptor RARA Digital library can be obtained by contacting the Bibliography Registrar.




5 RAR Association/BURGE, Lindsay (Ed) – The History of the Fifth Battalions 1885-1973

5 RAR Association, Post-production by Videocraft, 2006

66 mins duration.

Started as a project in 1993, this DVD starts with the formation of the first 5th Battalion in Bendigo in 1885 as part of the Colonial Military forces. It includes segments from WW I and WW II where it features the 5th battalions of the time, and the raising of and service by 5 RAR during both of its tours of duty in Vietnam. Following the linking to create 5/7 RAR the mechanised role of the linked battalion (5/7 RAR (Mechanised) and move to Darwin in 1999 are covered.


NEUVE, Denny – Long Tan to Afghanistan

Big Sky Publishing, Sydney, 2017


DVD Documentary of Delta Company 6 RAR preparing for deployment to Afghanistan 2006-07. The Company prepares for the tough training that lies ahead. This is the deeply personal story of soldiers preparing for battle and the anguished wait of loved ones at home from whom duty and service can demand the ultimate price. Includes actual footage from both the Battle of Long Tan Vietnam, and during the Afghanistan deployment.


Deployable Joint Force Headquarters – The Australian Amphibious Force

DJFHQ/Army Learning Production Centre, Puckapunyal VIC, 2014


A For Official Use Only video that promulgates the new ADF amphibious capability. Introduced by ex-RAR member MAJGEN Smith, this DVD also features 2 RAR which has the amphibious role (from then to include 2017), and the then- CO 2 RAR assisting to describe what the force can do. Available to ADF personnel and researchers though military outlets.




DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS – Australian Prisoners of War Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Canberra, 2009

ISBN: 9781877007408

CD and DVD support a 110 page booklet.

A publication which is part of the Government’s commemorations program ‘Saluting their Service’, an educational resource for teachers.




SOUTH EAST ASIA 1950-current

(includes Malaya, Borneo, Singapore & Malaysia)


no entry.


VIETNAM 1962-75

4 RAR and 9 RAR in VietnamF04756

AWM Film F04756

Now digitised, colour, 40 minutes.

Super 8mm film shot by Private Don Tate and other members of units he served in including 4 RAR and 9 RAR, Detailed contents are available on both the AWM website and the Youtube locations. Wide range of infantry and supporting arms and services For example, 9 RAR Operation Hat Dich 16 July 1969. Redeployment during operation – gunships assisting in redeployment – boarding helicopters. 9 RAR 7 Platoon prior to major ambush of 19 July 1969. Don Tate in hospital after being wounded.


5 RAR Association  – Eyes of the Tiger: Diary of a Dirty War

Lets Play Productions, Sydney, 2006

5 RAR, also referred to as the Tiger Battalion due to its mascot deployed a Reconnaissance platoon in lieu of its establishment Anti-tank platoon from October 1966 in Vietnam. This DVD is their story. Other battalions has the same/similar capability depending on priorities and the perceived threat, with specialist reconnaissance coming primarily from the manpower normally assigned to the Anti-tank platoon of Support Company.


5 RAR Association (Tony Henry (Ed)) – The Doc’s Movie (Captain Tony White RMO – 5 RAR Vietnam 1966-67

5 RAR Association, Photo Call Studio, 2005

Digitised footage originally shot on 8mm film by CAPT White, RMO 5 RAR during the battalion’s first tour of duty in Vietnam. A timelines and synopsis of individuals and events and a transcript of Geberal Sire Peter Cosgrove (Retd) introduction is included. Available from 5 RAR Association.


Anonymous – Service deaths in the Vietnam War/Vietnam Casualties List – all casualties/Vietnam final resting places

RARA Digital library.


Australian War Memorial – Battle of Binh Ba

Also known as Operation Hammer, involved 5 RAR moving to support 6 RAR. See


LAURENT, Rob – The Green Soldier

DVD – 4 min duration; words and music by David Newland and Oz Coulthard.

A photographic record of 6 RAR/NZ (ANZAC) battalion 1969-70. DVD version of book by that name (see Part 2, Vietnam).




(Somalia 1992-93, Rwanda 1994-95, Cambodia 1994-95, Papua New Guinea 1946 to 1975, East Timor 1999-2012, Bougainville 1994, The Solomon Islands 2000 -2008, all remaining deployments not covered by UN or above (Rhodesia, Uganda)


Nil entry


IRAQ 2003-09 and 2014–ongoing


Nil entry


AFGHANISTAN 2006-ongoing


Afghanistan: the Australian Story

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2016

2-DVD set, 60 minutes long, in PAL format. Bonus third disk with interviews.

Covers the challenges, successes, and comradeship of the Australian men and women who have deployed to Afghanistan, and the many aspects of their service including the views of those at home waiting for their deployed personnel to come home. Available also by purchase from the AWM.


MTF2  – On Operations- Patrol Base MTF2 Operational Lessons (RESTRICTED)

Centre for Army Lessons, Puckapunyal 2011

DVD.Available only to serving ADF personnel or others authorized to access RESTRICTED material.

CO (then) LTCOL D Huxley and other members present in interview a range of lessons learnt. While the work was primarily engineer in nature each Mentoring Task Force had an infantry component and these feature in the footage as well as the dialogue. MTF 2 included 5 RAR.


MTF-4 – Post Deployment Interviews – LTCOL Kahlil Fegan CO 8/9 RAR (RESTRICTED)

HQ 1st Division (Adaptive Warfare Branch), Brisbane, 31 August 2012)

DVD.Available only to serving ADF personnel or others authorized to access RESTRICTED material.

One of a series of post-deployment interviews intended to gather information consistent with the Army’s Short Learning Loop approach to updating organizational learning.  Covers 8/9 RAR battle group tour of duty in Afghanistan as Mentoring Tasking Force 4.



                                                                                       HUMANITARIAN/DEFENCE AID TO THE CIVIL COMMUNITY

(Civilian Humanitarian Disaster ops (incl Darwin 1975 and other cyclones and floods, overseas eg PNG, Indian Ocean, and lately, Border Operations, and DACC (non-disaster) eg Olympics and Commonwealth Games and other government support eg APEC, G20)


Nil entry