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The 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

Each year on 18 August, Vietnam Veterans Day we honour and commemorate all those who served in Vietnam, including the 521 Australians who died and more than 3,000 people who were wounded, injured or became ill as a result of the conflict.

The Battle of Long Tan, on 18 August 1966, was one of the fiercest battles fought by Australian soldiers in the Vietnam War, involving 105 Australians and three New Zealanders from D Company 6RAR. A total of 17 Australians were killed in action and 25 were wounded, one of whom later died of his wounds.

D Company 6RAR were greatly assisted by an ammunition resupply from RAAF helicopters, close fire support from New Zealand's 161 Field Battery, together with additional artillery support from the Australian task force base at Nui Dat, and the arrival of reinforcements in Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) as night fell.

We acknowledge all the Vietnam veterans who have lost their lives in the years since the end of the Vietnam War, those who still carry the physical and emotional scars of their service and the families that have stood by them.

The Australian Government has been formally notified that the Vietnamese Government has cancelled the commemoration the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) was organising to mark Vietnam Veterans Day and the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam on 18 August.

For more information please see DFAT ‘s travel advisories on the Smartraveller website.

Financial support for veterans of the Battle of Long Tan travelling to Vietnam

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Information for media will be posted on this website nearer to the Service.

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