first published on August 18, 2016 by Will
The Battle of Long Tan began on the afternoon of August 18, 1966 in South Vietnam, and the fight pitted 108 mostly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand troops faced 2,500 battle-hardened Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers and came out on top.
As soon as the three-hour battle started, a torrential rainfall began, making the fight that much more miserable. The Australians and New Zealanders lost 18 men and had another 24 wounded. Initially, they thought they had lost the battle, but it wasn’t until they began searching the enemy fighting positions after the fight the it was discovered that they killed around 250 enemy troops and wounded hundreds more. Please take the time to watch this excellent documentary on the incredible battle at Long Tan.