Barry Mionnet: Armoured Corps 1962 – 1982

Posted on: Mon 22 Nov 2021

Today we re-broadcast interviews we conducted in early 2018

Barry chats about joining up, doing his recruit course at Kapooka, then off to Puckapunyal and the Armoured Centre, where their training began by learning to use a crash gearbox on a Chevy Blitz truck in preparation for training on Centurion Tanks.  Barry’s 20year Army career also saw him posted to the war in Vietnam in 1968.

Interviewer Helen Meyer

Image: 1967. A Squadron of the 1st Armoured Corps will be going to Vietnam shortly with a number of Centurion tanks. This will be the first time the Armoured Corps have used tanks since World War 2. The picture shows a Centurion tank going over a `knife edge’ during tactical manoeures on exercise. The exercise was held on the Puckapunyal range, an area of approximately eight square miles. Photo courtesy of AWM copyright expired

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