Armoured Personnel Carrier “Tankers” Vietnam Lapel Pin
Armour played a vital role during Australia’s war in Vietnam. The armoured personnel carrier (APC) made its first appearance in the conflict during mid-June 1965 as part of the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. The vehicles could operate over a wide range of terrains. In 1966 the 1st Armoured Personnel Squadron worked with the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (5RAR) and 105 Battery, Royal Australian Artillery in establishing the Task Force base in Nui Dat. At Long Tan APCs were one among several elements that swung the course of the battle in the Australian’s favour. While artillery had a devastating effect on the enemy, it was the arrival of the APCs from 3 Troop 3rd Cavalry regiment, spitting fire from their .50 calibre machine guns into the enemy, that forced them to disperse and withdraw.
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