We’re pleased to announce that the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has awarded us a grant under the Commonwealth Government’s Saluting Their Service Major Commemorative Grants Program, to continue development of the website. The grant will enable us to incorporate data about 1st Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) battalion group, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) operations and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) operations. We will be able to present the details of 1 RAR battalion group combat incidents, RAN naval gunfire missions, RAN helicopter flight sorties, RAAF 9 Squadron helicopter sorties, 2 Squadron Canberra bomber sorties, 35 Squadron Caribou missions and much more.
Once we have added this data we’ll be able to add new analytic capabilities to the website. For example, we’ll be able to compare ground combat incidents with helicopter gunship support to those without gunship support. We’ll be able to examine the extent and effect of naval gunfire missions into the Long Hai hills, and we’ll be able to assess the logistic contribution of RAAF 35 Squadron according to the loads it delivered and flying hours.
There is a lot of work involved. It will take us some time to fully develop the site but we’re confident that by the end of 2016 we’ll have a site that provides a unique understanding of the Australian and New Zealand campaign in Vietnam.
New maps of Nui Dat, 1ALSG, Baria and Hoa Long
We are inserting new, detailed maps of Nui Dat, 1ALSG, Baria and Hoa Long as extra layers to the digital Battle Map. Visitors to the site will be able to zoom into Nui Dat to see where their unit was based, the individual buildings they worked in, the perimeter MG pits they stood sentry in, the perimeter wire and much more. Those who fought in Baria in Tet ’68 will be able to identify specific buildings such as the picture theatre, the water tower, and the CIA residence (OSA house).
Commemorating those who lost their lives
We will soon be able to add brief biographical details and photographs of all those Australian and New Zealand soldiers who died during their service in Vietnam. This data will be linked to the combat incidents or map coordinates and will enlarge the story about how these men and women lost their lives. Visitors to the site will be able to upload memories and photographs of their fallen mates.
We will continue to strive to make our site the best source of information about the Australian and New Zealand contribution to the Vietnam War. We are keen to hear your feedback, so please contact us if you have any suggestions or comments.
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