Việt Cộng Capture ARVN Soldiers 9 December 1966

Robert HallARVN, Australian Army, Uncategorised, Vietnam WarLeave a Comment

By Ernie Chamberlain, The 5th Việt Cộng Division – with an estimated strength 4,500[1], comprised two main force infantry regiments: the 274th (aka 4th) Regiment and the 275th (aka 5th) Regiment. During the Battle of Long Tân against Australian forces on 18 August 1966, the 275th Regiment suffered heavy casualties – over 200 killed.[2] The 274th Regiment – the more … Read More

Việt Cộng Intelligence Report on the “Enemy” in Phước Tuy

Robert Hall33 PAVN Regiment, Articles, ARVN, Australian Army, Vietnam War1 Comment

By Ernie Chamberlain. In the afternoon of 27 November 1967, 12 Platoon, D Company, 7RAR engaged about 30 Việt Cộng near an unoccupied base camp at YS 336708 – about 10 kilometres north-east of 1 ATF’s Núi Đất base, during Operation Forrest. Casualties in the engagement were reported as one Australian killed and 17 wounded, and three Việt Cộng killed … Read More

Social and economic development: Phuoc Tuy 1966 to 1971

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By Bob Hall Over the course of the war between 1966 when the Australian Task Force arrived, to the end of 1971 when the Task Force departed, Phuoc Tuy Province underwent significant changes. Some of these were the direct result of civil affairs projects. Some were indirect results of these projects. Still others were the result of improving security and … Read More

The Swimmer Sapper Attack on USS Meeker County – June 1970

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By Hector Donohue The Swimmer Sapper Threat The significant threat posed by swimmer sappers in Vietnam was accentuated on 1 November 1968 when USS Westchester County (LST-1167), a 115m tank landing ship, was attacked, resulting in the US Navy’s greatest single-incident combat loss of life during the entire Vietnam War. The ship had resumed duty with the Mobile Riverine Forces … Read More

Gallup Polls #3 – US attitudes to the Vietnam War

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By Bob Hall Throughout the course of the Vietnam War, Gallup Polls were regularly conducted in the United States. Beginning in 1965 the polls asked a standard question: In view of the developments since we entered the fighting in Vietnam, do you think the US made a mistake sending troops to fight in Vietnam?[1] The graph below shows the polling … Read More

Gallup Polls #2 – Australian support for Vietnam deployment

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By Bob Hall Following the Second World War, elements of the Australian Defence Forces were deployed on the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan, the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency and on Confrontation. In the early 1960s, public attention was drawn to the possibility that Australian forces may again be deployed on combat operations, this time in Vietnam. The following … Read More

Gallup Polls #1 – National Service

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By Bob Hall In May 1964 the Australian government introduced the National Service Scheme. Under the scheme, young men were selected by ballot for two years compulsory military service which could include service overseas in a war zone. National servicemen first deployed to Vietnam as part of the 1st Australian Task Force in May-June 1966. The 1RAR Battalion Group, which … Read More

The real story: First battle of Coral

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By Ian F. Ahearn Background – Operation Toan Thang   Operation Toan Thang (Complete Victory) was launched on 8 April 1968. It was a combined operation deploying 70,000 US, Vietnamese, Australian, New Zealand and Thai troops with the initial aim of destroying enemy forces in the III Corps area.   Australian participation in the combined operation commenced on 21 April 1968 with the … Read More

Nui Le: The last battle, 21 Sep 1971

Robert Hall33 PAVN Regiment, Articles, Australian Army, Uncategorised, Vietnam War10 Comments

By Gary McKay In late September 1971 I was a 23 year-old rifle platoon commander in Delta Company of the 4th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment. We were on operations in the north of Phuoc Tuy Province searching for and hoping to destroy our enemy; the highly trained, strictly disciplined and deeply motivated soldiers from the North Vietnamese Army’s 33rd … Read More