This is a day not of celebration but of national memory. It's a day when we learn, and learn again, of the horror of purposeless war. It is a day for looking after your mates, cherishing your home, your neighbourhood and family ... It's a day
for realising how rare this wonderful country of ours is and how precious it is.
- Bob Carr
Premier of NSW
Glossary and photos at end of report, read it first for a list of abbreviation explanations.
Sergeant Major Dobson, R
Corporal Swinfield, S
Private Blake, X
Captain Crick, P
Private Pinos, M
Private Bland, M
Lieutenant-Colonel Arnold, D (Rte)
Major Ellison, S
Private McCann, S
Private Wilson, R
Sergeant Spencer, R (MIA)
Colonel Ware-Lane, C
Private East, A
Lance Corporal Crick, M
Lieutenant Gillian, X
Private McGregor, P
Area Of Operation: McClaren Vale, Willunga
Primary Military Objective: Acquisition of OWH
Secondary Military Objective: Acquisition of CRTS
Tertiary Military Objective: Acquisition of PH
07:45 SACs and SECs arrive, 3 Officers, 8 enlisted men, Pte McGregor listed as AWOL, reports suggest he was in the infirmary.
08:00 Capt Crick briefed the squad, Col Ware-Lane and Pte East sent to OWH for recon and surveillance, Lte Gillian sent to execute covert surveillance in AOO. L. Cpl Crick reported as training cadets and would report for duty at 09:30. Maj Ellison taking up rear guard.
08:05 Squad left PN, lead by Sgt Maj Dobson on a bearing of 183 degrees heading for M, approx 5 clicks away.
08:20 Sgt Spencer engages with insurgent viral infection and is MIA near M.
08:25 Squad proceeds along BT towards MV.
08:50 Sgt Maj Dobson reports previous canine insurgents along north section of California Road, squad proceeds with caution.
08:55 Squad passes California Road (North) without incident.
09:00 Capt Crick and Sgt Maj Dobson lead the squad into battle with CRTS.
09:05 CRTS defeated with no men KIA. Sighting of two white canine insurgents reported at junction of California and Malpas Roads, insurgents beyond effective range, restricted by perimeter fence of FCW .
09:10 Squad proceeds in Easterly direction along Malpas Road towards Primary Objective.
09:15 Squad reaches locality of W and performs BEO.
09:20 Pte Blake reports insufficient tactical training for OWH. Maj Ellison and Pte Blake ordered to conduct recon operations along BT between W and MV. RV point set to water refill point approx 5 clicks north of W. Remaining 8 men engage OWH in main battle.
09:25 Several of the enlisted men report never having engaged this particular enemy before.
09:45 OWH acquired. All men accounted for. Lieut-Col Arnold reported a SMM with his TMU, Capt Crick and Sgt Maj Dobson sent to escort him up the last 800m of OWH. Col Lane-Ware engages specialist skills and fixes SMM. L. Cpl Crick training cadets at summit of OWH. Recommend promotion for enlisted men at next performance evaluation - good effort.
10:00 Squad proceeds along Range Road to RV with Maj Ellison and Pte Blake.
10:15 Sgt Maj Dobson receives commuication from Lieut Gillian about DFM on descent of Penny's Hill . Squad pass DFM without incident. Col Ware-Lane, Pte East, L. Cpl Crick and cadets all sighted on descent of Penny's Hill performing covert surveillance.
10:25 Squad RVs with Maj Ellison and Pte Blake and proceeds along BT to MV.
10:45 Tertiary Objective sighted on BT west of MV. Squad commences battle with PH.
10:50 PH acquired without loss. Squad proceeds towards PN along BT and esplanade north of M. Cpl Swinton leaves squad for M on previously approved leave.
11:00 PN sighted and replenishment of rations commenced at BBH.
AOO - Area Of Operation
BBH - Becks Bake House
BEO - Bladder Emptying Operations
BT - Bike Trail
CRTS - California Road Tatachilla School
DFS - Dangerous Foreign Material (gravel)
FCW - Fox Creek Wines
KIA - Killed In Action
M - Moana
MIA - Missing In Action
MV - McLaren Vale
OWH - Old Willunga Hill
PH - Pedlers Hill
PN - Port Noarlunga
RV - Rendez-Vous
SAC - Standard Australian Cyclist
SEC - Standard English Cyclist
SMM - Serious Mechanical Malfunction
TMU - Tactical Mobility Unit (bicycle)
W - Willunga
awesome sit rep Capt P Crick, kudos
Brilliant write up :-) Very amusing.
Some video from today, sorry if the quality is not great, some more editing practise required I think
Nothing wrong with that Vid Robert, particularly like the view with the handle bars :-)
Great choice of soundtrack too .
I spotted Lte. Gillian performing covert surveillance in that one!
You smashed your PB up Willunga too :-)
I enjoyed that video..thanks for putting this up mate :)
Great report and a VC for Lte Colonel Arnold D, (Rte) is called for I think.
VC - Valliant cyclist.
Well done, makes a change. It was nice to follow you around in the car. Might do it again on Saturday :-)
Absolutely brilliant imaginative write up, team a bit of R and R is now required ready for your next mission.
@ Robert, the video footage makes me envious, great idea, I wish I could of made it.