August 18, 1966 : Australians defeat VC at Long Tan

Introduction

The First Australian Task Force (ATF) inflicts a major defeat on Viet Cong forces in Phuoc Tuy Province. Australia had first sent troops to Vietnam in 1962 and eventually expanded its commitment in response to President Lyndon Johnson’s call for “Free World Military Forces” to form an alliance of “Many Flags” in South Vietnam. By 1966, the First Australian Task Force included two infantry battalions and associated logistical support elements; it had also been joined by a New Zealand unit made up of two infantry companies and a Special Air Service troops. In the Battle of Long Tan, the ATF acquitted itself very well, inflicting a major defeat on the communist forces, killing 245 while sustaining 17 dead.

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August 18, 1966 : Australians defeat VC at Long Tan

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  • Year Published

    2009

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    August 18, 1966 : Australians defeat VC at Long Tan

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  • Access Date

    November 22, 2017

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