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The Battle of Long Tan

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In August of 1966, in South Vietnam, 106 young Australian soldiers were surrounded by 2500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers, fighting for their lives. This documentary, narrated by Sam Worthington, The Battle of Long Tan is a tribute to the men of the D Company, 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment who stood their ground and came out victorious in a battle that helped defeat the Viet Cong.

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  1. Hoa Minh Truong says:

    an ex-lieut of ARVN.
    ( author of 3 books: the dark journey, good evening Vietnam & from laborer to author)

    In Vietnam war, Vietcong applied the tactics are such as circle post then attack the reinforce ( công đồn đả viện), previous shell then later attack ( tiền pháo hậu xung), the barricade spot; each one had 3 guerrillas: weapon used 2 AK and 1 B40 ( đóng chốt), three barricades formed by the Chain ( kiềng) with a common weapon as 12,7 mm.
    Therefore, the human wave tatic ( chiến thuật biển người) could apply when the Vietcong wanted to extract a post or fire base, mostly the numerous troopers would be used at least more than 5 times of the defense force.
    The human wave tactic devised by Mao Ste Tung in the Korea War, he used the huge numerous troopers to cover the weapon lacks. Mao chairman who totally fell the inhumane tactic with a million People’s liberation Army troopers killed, including his elder son. In Vietnam war, Vietcong applied the human wave tactic, despite they barbecued 10,000 troopers in Dien Bien Phu’s battle, exclusive ten thousand lives of the battle field’ s laborer, instead French just lost 1,000.
    The Long Tan battle applied as the same tactic, on August 18, 1966, Vietcong gathered from 1,500 to 2,500 troopers of regiment 275 ( North communist) and provincial mobile battalion D445 ( regional force), they attacked D company of 6th battalion, Royal Australian Regiment ( 6RAR).
    The battle field was not equal the numerous troop between both sides, therefore the D company fought bravely, despite its company just had 108 men, then the human wave tactic crushed down badly. Vietcong laid 245 bodies, not including the casualty and injure troopers to be brought by their comrade, the D company lost 18 men, but it was the ever victory of Australian Royal Army from the most conflicts marked before.
    However, after Long Tan battle, Vietcong propagated the fake victory to the rural people, mostly the peasant. However behind the line, Vietcong couldn’t hide the pain with their comrade, they named the Australian army as a nickname ÚC ĐẠI HẠI that means Australian causes the big damages, instead the Vietnamese call the Australian as ÚC ĐẠI LỢI that means Australia great benefit.
    Although the Vietnam war was over from April 30, 1975, but the sounds are still remaining into the society, actually, annually, the date of 18 August coming. Vietnam war has been controversial by the toxic of pro-communist propaganda hidden under the title the peace movement, it has effected into the most Vietnam veteran and family in US, Australia, New Zealand.
    Remember, in 1959, there was not any allies military unit in South Vietnam, but on May 1959, Hồ Chí Minh pointed Major General Bùi Xuân Đăng who gathered more than 100,000 laborers built Ho Chi Minh Trails, then they also launched the propaganda:” fighting against the imperial American”. After Ho Chi Minh trails set, lieutenant General Đồng Sĩ Nguyên contiuned to upgrade the road linking three nations Vietnam-Laos-Cambodia.
    The human wave tactic badly failed again in Vietnam war, Vietcong wasted 1,500,000 lives, now they are still facing more than 300,000 missing in the forest, mostly at the central Vietnam, therefore they have not find the comrades, but the Hanoi regime keens to find the US, Australia soldiers missing in action for money.
    Whoever endorsed Vietcong in Vietnam war, they must know the inhuman regime in Hanoi, likely a gang takes control your house, after 1975, a high ranking cadre, Mr. Nguyễn Hộ, 56 years member, he told to his comrades at Saigon:” their houses, we occupy-Their wives, we take and their children, we enslave”. There is just only Ho Chi Minh, he killed 1,700,000 people that bases on the Polska media of Poland released the list of 13 most massacres in 20th century.
    Vietcong’s lie propaganda failed, after winning the war on April 30, 1975, Mr. Lê Duẫn, General Secretary of Vietnam Communist party confirmed:” we fought against the American Empire for great masters Soviet Union and China”, it is the strong message to whose joined the anti-war movement in Vietnam war’s period./.
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  2. JB says:

    Hmmm – russian jets & pilots in Vietnam same as in Korean War.
    North Korea only saved by Chinese Army / russian pilots taking part.
    Viet Cong were lapdogs of both Russia and China politically. All part of the 2 sided Cold War !
    As for assess whipped not quite ! look at the horrendous losses of NVA & VC personnel.
    In fact in almost all Battlefield type engagements the VC were beaten to the point where they went fully guerrilla oriented.
    Not that the NVA/VC & Russian advisers weren’t brave good fighters, same with the Aus/US troops. I guess what gets to me about the above comment is that it digs at the integrity of the foot soldiers who did their best and not at the politicians which is where the real responsibility lies.

  3. wtf says:

    “helped defeat the vietcong” They were not defeated. They won and drove out the imperialist invaders as well as their aussie lapdogs. Australians should be studying about how they got involved and how they got their asses whipped. Not focusing on one battle where you can claim victory.

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