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A plaque commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan which was fought during the Vietnam War.

The Battle of Long Tan (18 August 1966) took place near the village of Long Tan, in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The action was fought between Australian forces and Viet Cong and North Vietnamese units after the 108-man D Company, 6th Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (6 RAR)  clashed with a force of between 1,500 to 2,500 men from the Viet Cong 275th Regiment, reinforced by at least one North Vietnamese battalion and D445 Provincial Mobile Battalion.

Eighteen Australians were killed and 24 wounded, while the Viet Cong lost at least 245 dead which were found over the days that followed. A decisive Australian victory, Long Tan proved a major local set back for the Viet Cong.


Address:6-8 McCartin Street, Leongatha Memorial Hall , Leongatha, 3953
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.476497
Long: 145.945664
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:18-August-1966
Actual Event End Date:18-August-2006


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 18th August, 2006
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           Presented to 
South Gippsland Shire Council 
             By the
Victorian Vietnam Veterans Committee
in Commemoration of the 
40th Anniversary of the 
Battle of Long Tan - 18th August 2006
Source: MA
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