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An armoured personnel carrier (APC) commemorates the 50th anniversary of Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam in 1966.

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.

Australia's military involvement in the Vietnam War began with the arrival of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) in South Vietnam during July and August 1962.  Australia's participation in the war was formally declared at an end when the Governor-General issued a proclamation on 11 January 1973.

However, the end-date of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War has officially been amended to 29 April 1975 to reflect Australia’s further involvement in the war during the fall of Saigon in 1975.  The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Australian War Memorial, in Canberra now recognise this new date.


Address:Midlands Road & Maley Street, Jack Thorpe Gardens, Three Springs, 6519
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.534269
Long: 115.763236
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Technology
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:18-August-1966
Actual Event End Date:18-August-2016


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 18th August, 2016
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Three Springs - Arrino RSL Sub Branch (WA)

This project was made possible by the generous donations & assistance of :

Lotterywest    RSLWA

The Shires of :
Three Springs  Carnamah  
Coorow            Mingenew

Three Springs Thrift Shop
Richard & Veronica Davies
Countrywide Insurance Brokers Geraldton
C F Thomas & Co
Red Springs Concrete Pty Ltd
Warradale Transport
Three Springs Lions
J & S Illingworth
Alan Kau
Ken Stokes
Jim Ovens
Doust Agri Services
Mailey Agri Services
Matthew & Timothy Hunt

Unveiled by Philip Orchard CEO of RSLWA on 18th August 2016

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan Vietnam

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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