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A replica of the cross at the Long Tan battlefield in Vietnam commemorates those soldiers who lost their lives in the Battle of Long Tan.

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:Melton Black Drive, All Saints Chapel, Lavarack Army Barracks, Townsville, 4810
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -19.319923
Long: 146.792811
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Cross
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:18-August-1966
Actual Event End Date:18-August-1966


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 18th August, 1997
Front Inscription

In memory of those members of D Coy 
6 RAR and 3 Troop 1 APC Sqn who gave 
their lives during the Battle of Long Tan on 
the 18 August 1966.
Erected by 1 RAR Assault Pioneers on behalf 
of 6 RAR Association NQ Coy Townsville 
on the 18th August 1997

Left Side Inscription

Townsville City Council
Is Proud To Be Associated With
The Erection And Dedication
Of This Memorial Cross
In The Memory Of
Those Who Lost Their Lives
In The Batt
le Of Long Tan
On 18th August 1966

Right Side Inscription

The Thuringowa City Council Is Proud To Be
Associated With The Erection And Dedication 
Of This Memorial Cross In The Memory Of Those 
Who Lost Their Lives In The Battle Of Long Tan 
On 18th August 1966

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