1st MIBARS In Vietnam!

 On Intelligence Keys

An Excerpt From

VIETNAM STUDIES: The Role of Military Intelligence 1965-1967

Department of the Army, Washington, D.C., 1994

Photo Credit: MIV

Above:  A view of the deep water docks in Saigon, 1967

Developing Visual References For the Battlefield in 1918

Photo Credit: en.wikipedia.org

Above:  A Royal Air Force aviator, with a large-format aerial camera mounted on the fuselage of his open-cockpit/bi-wing Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2  aircraft, is aloft on a reconnaissance mission.  This camera may have utilized 5" by 7" or 8" by 10" sheet film plates that required changing before each exposure or perhaps an early roll film mechanism that required advancing the film for each picture.  Quite a handful of tasks in a battlefield environment.  

"Another accomplishment of the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion (Air Reconnaissance Support) that was vital to the aerial reconnaissance and surveillance program was development and publication of comprehensive photo interpretation keys for Southeast Asia.

"These keys, actually a photo dictionary, were invaluable to the interpreters, and the over-all effectiveness and efficiency of the entire program increased when the keys became available."

See "Lessons Learned In Rocket City" for information on photo identification keys


Mission and Impact

Visual Surveillance

Hand-held Camera Program

ES-38A Mobile Photography Laboratory

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