Australian Vietnam Vets Day

Vietnam Vetrans Day

More than 40 years ago, 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers held out against a North Vietnamese force of more than 2000 in a battle that has come to symbolise the Australian fighting spirit.

Eighteen Australians soldiers died in the Battle of Long Tan and 24 were wounded.

The battle itself was fought in torrential rain and the Australians were nearly overrun several times before they were resupplied and reinforced.

The bodies of 245 enemy soldiers were found, but there was evidence that many more bodies had been carried away.

Forty-three years later, August 18 is marked as Vietnam Veterans' Day to acknowledge the thousands who returned home from a war which killed more than 500 Australians.

The RAN were involved in this war as well, HMAS Sydney and later HMAS Brisbane during the Vietnam War, ferrying troops and providing support for troops on the ground. We have immense respect for the men and women who fought as part of the Australian Army contingent.
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