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The battle of Long Tan.

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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.

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