On the afternoon of 18 August 1966, a rubber plantation close to lengthy Tan, in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam, turned the degree for one of many bloodiest battles of the Vietnam battle regarding Australian troops - and probably the most major battles through the Vietnam struggle for the Australian activity Force.
The Australians had arrived at Nui Dat 4 months past to open up the province. whereas patrolling 5 kilometres east of Nui Dat, Delta corporation of 6RAR, initially numbering simply a hundred and five Australians and 3 New Zealanders, collided with Viet Cong forces numbering round 2500 troops within the plantation, prior to a deliberate Vietnamese ambush.
The enemy have been stunned by means of their surprising appearances and attacked in strength, utilizing mortar, computing device gun and small hands hearth. thoroughly surrounded, and brief on ammunition, the Australians may basically wager on the overwhelming power of the enemy that used to be attacking them. Morning mild printed a shattered wooded area, timber bleeding latex - and thousands of useless enemy squaddies who had fallen as a part of quite a few human-wave attacks opposed to the small ANZAC strength. What used to be first notion by means of the Australians to be an important defeat fast became out to be an incredible victory.
Marking the battle's fiftieth anniversary, and drawing on unpublished first-hand bills from servicemen in any respect degrees of command, critically-acclaimed army historian David Cameron brings to existence blow-by-blow the occasions of this recognized conflict because it opened up - minute by means of minute, hour by means of hour - and divulges the deeds of heroism and mateship now a part of Australia's Vietnam battle tale. His compelling account commemorates the boys who fought within the rubber plantation of lengthy Tan - and those that didn't come domestic.
Praise for David Cameron's The conflict for Lone Pine:
'A high-quality paintings of army and social history.' Weekend Australian
'We now have a powerfully written and well-illustrated ebook that specializes in this tragic action.' Sydney Morning Herald
'A riveting read.' Daily Telegraph
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