30,000 Watch U.S. Marines "Invade" Woodstock Beach
A crowd of about 30,000 people of all races gathered along the Table
Bay seafront yesterday to watch the "invasion" of the Cape
by the United States Marines from the visiting task force, using the
latest landing techniques and equipment .
FROM A MILE OFFSHORE
The landing operation on Milnerton Beach started soon after 11 a.m.
with a fly-past of helicopters and an air sea rescue display. By that
time, the roadway around the bay was packed with traffic and every vantage
point from the Milnerton lighthouse to the High Level Road, Green Point,
was crowded with spectators.
THEN CLOSE AT HAND
Explosive charges were detonated to add to the realism of the display,
and for 15 minutes the battle raged. It ended as the advancing Marines
hand-grenaded the "enemy strong-point" in front of the VIP
enclosure and then seared it with a flame-thrower.
The air display at Ysterplaat in the afternoon was
given by the five helicopters of the task force, which did formation
and stunt flying and then later dropped fully-equipped paratroop recon
Taken from the 15March61 issue of the Capetown, South African Cape Times, and provided by retired Gunnery Sergeant Rocco Minicone
For a humerous anecdote concerning this same demonstration, read George Bitsoli's "eye-witness and rusting BAR" commentary.
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