Operation Capital: Phase 1
13 - 30 October 1968
Operation Capital was a two-phased two-battalion-sized reconnaissance in force
operation back in the Thua Tich area - the home of an enemy Rear Services
Group.  The ANZAC Battalion deployed on the morning of 13 October to an LZ near
the deserted hamlet of Ap Xa Bang.  W Company and 104 Battery established Fire
Support Base Flinders on the edge of the de Courtenay rubber estate.

W Company provided protection of the Fire Support Base and conducted local
patrols until 30 October when Phase I concluded and the battalion flew back to
Nui Dat. After 3 days the battalion, less W Company, returned to the same area
hoping to surprise the enemy.  W Company prepared for the return to 1 RNZIR in
Malaysia and acted as Sick Ward for the battalion for those with mild cases of
malaria which was ramapnt in the Task Force.