• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The battle of Long Tan.

Extracts from this document...


The_Battle_of/at_Long_Tan The battle of Long Tan was on high ground surrounded by rubber plantations, north of the village of Long Tan at the Australian base of Nai(or Nui) Dat. Long tan is in Phouoc Tay Province, the Republic of Vietnam. The battle of/at Long Tan was on August 18th 1966. On the 17th the Nui Dat base cam under attack from Mortars and rifle fire from the east, leaving 24 Australians wounded. The next day (the 18th) at about mid afternoon the Australian search party(11 platoon) that had set out to find the enemy clashed with a small squad of Vietcong, they enemy fled. About 3.30pm just before "the skies opened in torrential rain" the 11 platoon of 28 men were ambushed by combined forces of North Vietnamese and NLF (about 500 men). ...read more.


At around dusk (6:50p.m.) the relief force arrived in the D Company area and soon after the enemy and the night fell together. The battle was "won". Morning revealed that the Viet Cong force, estimated at 2,500, had been badly mauled. 245 Viet Cong bodies were found in the battle area. It was apparent that the Viet Cong commanders had failed to appreciate the effectiveness of artillery fire. The Australians had lost 18 killed, 17 from D Company (including the young platoon commander of 11 platoons) and one from 1st APC Squadron, 24 wounded, 3 men that suffered severe battle stress and were send home. It took the Australians three days to bury the enemy dead. ...read more.


The Battle of Long Tan was a typical attack-defense fight and it shows us that the Vietnam War was one of many different war techniques and strategies. As the allies of the south were potential in the more vulnerable position- They were in unfamiliar territory, they had about an eighth of the men and they were under a surprise attack. And as the Allied forces hadn't seen much of the enemy as they struck at the most vulnerable times and by the sneakiest ways, The battle of long Tan was revenge for all those wounded and killed by sniper fire and booby traps in the weeks before, This sense and earning for revenge must have been the source keeping the Australians going as they were clearly the unfavored side. Sarah Kelshaw ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE War Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE War Poetry essays

  1. The Battle of Passchendaele (The Third Battle of Ypres)

    The campaign was now slowly drawn to a halt with neither side seeming to have won at all. Both sides had lost huge numbers of soldiers and were exhausted from 4 months of fighting. There are still many unanswered questions about this battle.

  2. The Crimean War.

    oscillating nature, four months after the battle the editor of The Times, was receiving regular correspondence from Edward Pearce, a serving officer on Her Majesties Ship Diamond, about the weather. He mentions heavy rain, heavy snow, and cold weather although mentioning that the snow in the Crimean was not settling in major amounts.

  1. Why did Britain win the Battle of Britain?

    The importance of factors such as determination, fighting spirit, and even organization cannot be underestimated as important factors in Britain's victory. If there is one thing that the British have been renowned for, it has to be organization. On the eve of the Battle of Britain as well as throughout

  2. The trapped soul

    Dimitry returned with riffles and ammunition, they ran down the hillside to the foot of the battle.

  1. The Battle of Britain.

    known, and this book suggests a sense of unity he had with his friends, and being a pilot made him feel superior to a typical war fighter. This source is a typical wartime interpretation in the way it has a strong essence of propaganda, but it is one of very few interpretations that are autobiographical.

  2. This essay will consist of a number of Interpretations some agreeing with the popular ...

    optimistic and Nationalistic Churchill mad people think that if Britain won the Battle of Britain the Nazis would soon be defeated and the war would be over. There were also many posters, newsreels and radio shows produced by the government thanking "the few" for saving the world.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work