A DIFFERENT KIND OF BATTLE... A very different place!
From the lush green fields of Western Europe to a hot and humid, monsoon-drenched battle in a rubber plantation in South Vietnam... that’s quite a jump!
But for K&C, the difficult takes some time... the impossible a little longer!
THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN in August 1966 has gone down in Australian military history as one of their ‘Finest Hours’ during the Vietnam War.
‘D’ Company of the 6th Royal Australian Regiment (just 106 men) were patrolling through a rubber plantation not far from their base at Nui Dat, South Vietnam when they were confronted by a much larger combined force of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong infantry of about 1,500 strong.
Pinned down and vastly outnumbered the Australians fought courageously and held their defensive perimeter against numerous enemy attacks over many hours.
Accurate long-range artillery fire helped the Aussies hold on while a relief force was readied and eventually reached their beleaguered position.
Australian casualties were 18 killed and 24 wounded, Australia’s greatest one-day loss during its involvement in the Vietnam War.
Long Tan is now remembered and honoured as a symbol of Aussie military bravery, endurance and teamwork in a very tough battlefield situation.
King & Country is proud and privileged to portray the Australian soldier in miniature fighting off the enemy in this first 4-man set (with more to follow)...