On that day, 108 Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought a pitched battle against over 2,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops in a rubber plantation not far from the small village of Long Tan. The Australians prevailed, but only after fighting in torrential rain for four hours. They were nearly overrun, but were saved by a timely ammunition resupply, accurate artillery fire from the nearby Australian base, and the arrival of reinforcements by armoured personnel carrier. Eighteen Australians lost their lives and 24 were wounded, the largest number of casualties in one operation since the Australian task force had arrived a few months earlier.
Long Tan action, Vietnam, 18 August 1966 by Bruce Fletcher (Wikipedia)
Please thank a Vietnam Vet today if you know one and remember the sacrifices that they made throughout the war and on their return.
Lest we Forget
Natasha In Oz