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40th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan : 10-March-2013
40th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan : 10-March-2013
Photographs supplied by Graeme Saunders

A plaque commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan that occured in August 1966 during the Vietnam War. The plaque also commemorates Back To Caulfield 2006. 

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.

Back to Caulfield acknowledges the courageous deeds and contributions made for our nation by the men and women of the Australian Defence Force, past and present. The day raises much needed funds for Melbourne Legacy who care for the Australian families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force services.

Location

Address:Station Street, Caulfield Racecourse, Caulfield East, 3145
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.877078
Long: 145.038317
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
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:Saturday 19th August, 2006
Front Inscription

Commemorating Back To Caulfield
And The 40th Anniversary Of
The Battle Of Long Tan

Presented By
Mr Peter Lawrence
And
Melbourne Legacy President
Mr Bill Rogers

Saturday 19th August 2006
At Caulfield Racecourse

Source: MA
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