Long Tan Day




 
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August 17th, 2004  
LIPS
 
 

Topic: Long Tan Day


DATE: 18 August 1966

UNIT: Delta Company, 6 RAR

LOCATION: Long Tan, Veitnam

For more info go to www.vvaavic.org.au/longtan.htm

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August 17th, 2004  
1217
 
Is there a question in there somewhere?
August 17th, 2004  
LIPS
 
 
No, just some military history for those that are interested
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August 18th, 2004  
Young Winston
 
 
August 18, 1966, and 100 Aussie soldiers are attacked by 1500 Viet Cong guerillas in a rubber plantation at Long Tan.

!5 Aussies were killed. The enemy were later forced to withdraw. This was Australia's most famous engagement in the Vietnam War.

This was another war which Australia most willingly followed the US into. We had a right-wing conservative government at the time.

One of our Prime Ministers during the 60's, Harold Holt said "All the way with LBJ!".

John Howard has similar sentiments now.

Our poor Vietnam Vets. Most were only boys in 1966.
August 18th, 2004  
gjc
 
Long Tan - Perhaps one the greatest examples of how a small band of determined men can defeat an enemy many times their number, and a lesson in the importance of close artillery support. If anyone is interested there are several good books on it, but as I don't have my library with me at the moment I can't help on the authors! Sorry. However, most are fasanating reading for anyone interested in operatations conducted at the Company Group, and Platoon level.

And the enemy in question were NVA regulars, much better fighters than the Viet Cong whose myth has grown thanks to Hollywood.
August 18th, 2004  
Young Winston
 
 
My apologies to all Long Tan Vets,

Enemy was NVA regs. My source was not correct.

May we all never forget what those boys achieved!
August 18th, 2004  
gjc
 
Reading many accounts of Long Tan (I must get out more!!), although all the diggers that day could be described as heros, the real gem was Company Sargeant Major Jack Kirby. Sadly, later in the war he was killed by a stray artillery shell, ironically fired by the same Kiwi battery that saved the Aussies at Long Tan. Isn't war a *****.

So raise a glass (or a VB!) for the Vets of Long Tan.
August 19th, 2004  
Mark Conley
 
 
Here! Here! To the Victors of long Tan!
August 19th, 2004  
bush musketeer
 
 

Topic: long tan


those kiwis and aussies worked pretty well together at long tan. the artillery support was criucial.
September 11th, 2004  
Bory
 
 
Interesting thing about Long Tan though. The OC of 6 RAR and the Commander of 1 ATF Vietnam, both recived the DSO for the Battle, but niether had even left Nui Dat on the day of the battle.