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  1. The Battle of Long Tan: The Company Commanders Story
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  3. Recalling the horror of Long Tan: 'I was too bloody busy to be frightened'
  4. The Battle of Long Tan - Bob Grandin - - Allen & Unwin - Australia

It contained a simple yet comprehensive account of the lead-up, conduct and after-effects of the battle and included accounts by many of the participants of all ranks. Subsequently, some other books were published, of diminishing value and introducing errors of interpretation and emphasis.

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The Battle of Long Tan: The Company Commanders Story

One of the errors introduced was the concept that the battle of Long Tan may have been a planned VC ambush of the Australian forces. The evidence given for this theory was only hearsay and oral accounts originating mostly in Viet Nam, where the authors went to obtain the VC or rather, the North Vietnamese Army [NVA] version of the battle. In an effort to counter this unsupportable theory, the men who actually commanded the troops involved in the battle got together and decided to write the definitive account.

This is probably a first in military history. And two RAAF 'Huey' helicopters flew a vital ammo resupply mission into the battlefield at the height of the action.

Channel Ten - Harry Smith Long Tan Star of Gallantry Presentation

Veterans of the Battle of Long Tan say their campaign for better recognition of their achievements is about to come to an end. A Defence tribunal is expected to hand down its decision on whether to grant additional gallantry awards before the battle's 50th anniversary on August Leading the fight for additional honours is the commander of the Long Tan company, Harry Smith, who was awarded the Star of Gallantry. But against the odds, the men of D Company 6RAR, with the help of heavy artillery support, won the day. The full extent of D Company's military achievement wasn't realised until the day after the battle.

In the three hours of close combat and artillery bombardment, 17 Australian soldiers lost their lives. His initial list of 20 recommendations for bravery honours — in a war that was becoming increasingly unpopular back in Australia — was cut back to 8. Some of the men were awarded South Vietnamese honours, but under the policy at the time they couldn't be accepted and instead they were given dolls and cigar boxes.

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In the s he began a process that led to several awards being upgraded in , and culminated in a special Defence hearing last year into why 13 Long Tan soldiers had been refused gallantry awards. One of the most contentious cases is that of Sergeant Major Jack Kirby. Jack Kirby was killed in an artillery accident several months after the Battle of Long Tan, and his widow Bev Knight appreciates Harry Smith's efforts.

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But Harry will be able to go to his grave knowing he did the very best he could. Topics: unrest-conflict-and-war , 20th-century , history , australia.

Recalling the horror of Long Tan: 'I was too bloody busy to be frightened'

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