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Plaque commemorates Long Tan Day and the Battle of Long Tan 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, 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:||Beattie & Darling Streets, Loyalty Square, Balmain, 2041|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.857669|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 3rd September, 2006|
LONG TAN DAY
18th August 2006
On this day we commemorate this battle in 1966.
Which is remembered as Long Tan Day
During the 18th August 1966, "D" Company 6 RAR encountered an enemy force of 2500 NVA regular and Viet Cong guerillas in a region known as Long Tan rubber plantation just south east of Nui Dat Australian Base Camp. Gretaly outnumbered 104 soldiers of "D" more than held their own. Sadly 18 soldiers lost their lives that day.
Since that battle, Vietnam veterans have come together to commemorate those heroic deeds & today the 18th August has become our National Day of Remembrance for all Vietnam veterans.
LEST WE FORGET
Placed by the Balmain/ Rozelle RSL Sub-Branch 3rd September 2006