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Battle of Long Tan : 26-November-2011
Battle of Long Tan : 26-November-2011

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A tree commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan which occured 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.

Location

Address:511 Burwood Highway, Grounds of Knox Civic Centre, Wantirna South, 3152
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.871439
Long: 145.245062
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Vietnam
Actual Event STart Date:18-August-1966
Actual Event End Date:18-August-2006

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 16th August, 2006
Front Inscription

Plaque:
Presented to
Knox City Council
By the
Victorian Vietnam Veterans Community
in Commemoration of the
40th Anniversary of the
Battle of Long Tan - 18th August 2006

Source: MA
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