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Training Cambodian soldiers

Training Cambodian soldiers

Sergeant F. C. Nathan demonstrates the use of the M-16 assault rifle to Cambodian soldiers at Dong Ba Thin, Vietnam. By the end of 1971 New Zealand had withdrawn its combat troops and military medical personnel from Vietnam. New Zealand committed two training teams to Vietnam, following the withdrawal of its main units. The first team, training South Vietnamese soldiers, was based at Chi Lang in southern South Vietnam, near the Cambodian border. A second team was based at Dong Ba Thin, at Cam Ranh Bay on the Vietnamese coast. This team trained Cambodian government soldiers, who would return to Cambodia to fight in the developing war against the Khmer Rouge. Both teams reported mixed results in their training efforts. In December 1972, following the election of the Labour government, the training teams were withdrawn, ending New Zealand's military involvement in Vietnam.

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Ian McGibbon, 'Asian conflicts - Withdrawal from Vietnam', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/34543/training-cambodian-soldiers (accessed 21 May 2018)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 27 Feb 2016