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Formed in 1950 to fight in the Korean War as part of 16 Field Regiment, 161 Battery is arguably the premier battery of post-World War 2 artillery in New Zealand. During the Vietnam War, the Battery received the South Vietnamese Presidential Unit Citation of The Cross of Gallantry With Palm Leaf and the US Presidential Unit Citation Award.

Because of the major role played by the Battery, articles pertaining to it are scattered throughout this site. Use the links below to visit some of those pages (more are being added - bookmark this page and visit here again).

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16 Field Regiment today
16 Field Regiment in Korea
The 161 Battery Panther
161 Battery in Vietnam
161 Battery Depot
First live shell practice with the light gun
A Night near Hill 159 (Korean War)
Hill 355 (Korean War)
Clearing Long Phuoc village, (Vietnam War)
Establishing the gun position at Nui Dat (Vietnam War)
An FO's account of Long Tan (Vietnam War)
Extract from a Forward Observer's War Diary in SVN (Vietnam War, 1969)

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161 Battery, 18 May 2000
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Good Deeds on R&C: A Cautionary Tale for Young Gunners (Singapore, 1970)
Photographs from 161 Battery in Nui Dat, Vietnam, 1966
Photographs from 161 Battery in Bien Hoa, (Vietnam War, 1966)
North-South railway and Song Be (Vietnam War) 1966
A 'Q'uandary, (Vietnam War) 1965
Photographs from 161 Battery in training, NZ 2000
161 Battery training at Enoggera, Australia, 1988
My First Day with 161 Battery
Joe Hak
R&R: Two ex-members of 161 Bty, RNZA, re-visit Vietnam
40th Anniversary of Single Gun Ready in Vietnam, 2005

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161 Battery, Raglan, 1986
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A Gunner's White Christmas, Antarctica 1973
Peacekeeping in Rhodesia, 1979
With the NZ Monitoring Force in Rhodesia, 1979-80
Gunner Stratton's 13th Jump
Glory of the Guns (poem about 161 Bty's guns)
The Gunners Battle Hymn (c. 1974)
The Officers' Barbeque (c. 1978)
The Sentry (poem)
The Battery Parade (poem)
Momma Told Sally (marching song)

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