Battle of Long Tan Vietnam Lapel Pin


The Battle of Long Tan on the 18th August 1966 was fought between the Australian Army and Viet Cong Forces in a rubber plantation near the village of Long Tan. The action occurred when D Company of the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment encountered the Viet Cong 275 Regiment and elements of the D445 Local Forces Battalion. During the battle the company from 6RAR in spite of being heavily outnumbered, fought of large enemy assault of regimental strength. It was a decisive Australian victory and is often cited as an example of the importance of combining and coordinating infantry, artillery, armour and military aviation. The battle has since achieved similar symbolic significance for the Australian Military in the Vietnam War as battles such as the Gallipoli Campaign have for the First World War, the Kokoda Track Campaign for the Second World War and the Battle of Kapyong for the Korean War.

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