About this Site
The 1st Australian Task Force (1 ATF) operated in Vietnam from 1966 through 1971. Some of its battles have become well-known to the public through film and literature. Many however, have not.
This website is the product of over twenty years of research. It provides unprecedented access to information on nearly all 1 ATF ground combat actions Australians fought in during the Vietnam War, numbering over 4,500. Through the use of modern Web technologies, veterans, researchers and the general public now have the power to understand the Vietnam War at a scale and depth not previously possible.
The Battle Map provides an ideal way to catalog and share veterans’ stories, keeping them accessible to current and future generations. Our aim is to enable Vietnam veterans to record their stories, perspectives and images against contacts on the Battle Map. In doing so, we hope to develop the ‘ground truth’ picture of what happened at the tactical level, revealing the human dimension of the War.
This website is a continual ‘work in progress’. In the future, it will feature contacts from 1 RAR and AATTV, as well as air and naval operations.
We hope you find this website to be informative and useful. Read on to discover what you can achieve with this website and learn about upcoming attractions.
On an interactive ‘Battle Map’, choose from a multitude of ways to view over 4,500 combat incidents. Switch between present-day and 1970s-era topographic maps and add layers showing the types, locations and concentrations of contacts.
Launch the Battle Map to begin.
Read the after-action report for each contact and view vital statistics such as friendly casualties and the enemy strength encountered.
View the incident details for the Battle of Long Tan.
Find contacts by applying filters against any of the data fields. Narrow down the map display to include contacts based on a particular unit, incident type, enemy casualty count and more.
See an example of filters being used to display all mine incidents involving 7 RAR.
Generate interactive and dynamic charts showing the frequency and lethality of contacts, casualty causes and more.
Open a chart showing the casualties suffered during the first phase of the Tet Offensive.
Use the powerful Timeline to show contacts within a specific date range. Combine the Timeline with charts and filters to develop insight into an aspect of the conflict that interests you.
View all contacts that occurred during the first phase of the Tet Offensive.
With the Timeline’s playback feature, fast-forward through time to observe on the map, how the military campaign unfolded.
Create your own customised Battle Map view and share the link with others via email or social media, to highlight an action you were a part of or contacts your unit was involved in.
To send a link, while in the Battle Map copy and send the full address from your browser (contains http://vietnam.unsw…). Whoever opens that link will see the Battle Map in exactly the same way as you, with the same filters applied and if open, your chart or incident popup.
Find a contact you were involved in or have knowledge of and write your story, enabling current and future generations to gain insight into Australian soldiers’ personal experiences.
You can find contacts by date using the Timeline or filter by any of the data fields. As an example of filtering by unit name, see the contacts relating to 3 Platoon, A Company, 5 RAR.
Record your service details and history so other veterans can identify and contact you. Exchange your thoughts and general comments about the Vietnam War in a discussion board.
This site is just the beginning. For the next phase of this site’s development, we plan to integrate vast amounts of additional data including a database of Australians killed in action, air operations and naval gunfire missions.
Read more about our future plans in Coming Attractions.
We want to help the public better understand the Vietnam War. Building upon the current analysis tools, we want to be able to show the influence of political events, geographic features and other factors, on friendly and enemy actions.
What would other conflicts look like when presented using our technology? How can we shorten the learning loop in today’s military operations through operational analysis? Contact us to find out more.