Revealed: The Super Epic Battle Where 100 Australian Soldiers Defeated 2,500 Viet Cong
Unfortunately, the survivors of Long Tan went home to face the same problems that confronted American GIs. Though the Australian public initially supported military intervention, antiwar protests became widespread by 1967. As in America, the Australian draft (many of D Company’s soldiers had been conscripts) sparked opposition. Perhaps more painful was that some veterans’ groups, made up of Australians who served in World War II, excluded returning soldiers on the grounds that Vietnam was not a “real war.”
Australia suffered 521 dead and three thousand wounded in Vietnam. Their only monument in the nation of Vietnam today is at Long Tan.
Recommended movie: The Odd Angry Shot, an Australian film about Australian troops in Vietnam.
Image: Long Tan Action by Bruce Fletcher. Australian War Memorial/Creative Commons