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    Today in history - The battle of Long Tan

    Today is the anniversary of a battle in the Vietnam War where the gunners of NZ's 161 Battery played a key role in saving the lives of a company of Australian infantry (100 men) surrounded by 2 divisions battalions of Viet Cong (~ 2000 men). They fired their 105mms howitzers non-stop for a day in a desperate attempt to save the infantry, until they were standing waist deep in shell casings. They surrounded the Aussie diggers with a ring of fire and shrapnel, but the Australian infantry reported watching the VC deliberately advance through the explosions, never faltering.

    Then the next day, they were tasked to take part in the clean-up, retrieving body parts that had been blasted into trees, for burial.

    And I bet you probably haven't heard of it. So I'd heartily encourage you to watch this documentary, several Kiwis are interviewed, and you can see that the trauma of the battle still stays with them.

    Last edited by Edward Diego; 18th August 2016 at 3:58 pm.

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    Edward Diego wrote:
    And I bet you probably haven't heard of it. So I'd heartily encourage you to watch this documentary, several Kiwis are interviewed, and you can see that the trauma of the battle still stays with them.

    Thank you NCEA Level 2 History for teaching me about this. Iirc that documentary is pretty good.

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    My Dad served in Vietnam with 161 Battery, but I had never heard of this battle until I bought a book written by another soldier from his unit. Back when I studied history the Vietnam War was still a bit unfashionable to talk about, this was many years before our Vietnam veterans were allowed their homecoming parade.

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    the second best buffy

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    One of the survivors, pictured here:
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    So you care about sentient beings?

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    James254 wrote:
    So you care about sentient beings?
    Prove your sentience.

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    Wouldn't 2 divisions be like 20,000 rather than 2,000?

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    KrimzinZV wrote:
    Prove your sentience.
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    Quasi ELVIS wrote:
    Wouldn't 2 divisions be like 20,000 rather than 2,000?
    Yeah, duh, 2 battalions.

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    KrimzinZV wrote:
    Prove your sentience.
    y

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    a more important question is why vietnam war era, out of all wars, produced such killer music

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    The first half did, when it ended it was more disco.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billbo...ingles_of_1974

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    Edward Diego wrote:
    Supposedly a movie adaption of Long Tan starring Sam Worthington is for release this year called Danger Close.
    http://dangerclosemovie.com/

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    I caught most of the newshub and all of the one news report. News Hub had a lengthy section on how pissed off Australia is that Vietnam pulled out of the celebration. Including a teary eyed political figure saying how sad he was. One news had a sentence at the intro


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    Yeah I'm in Aussie @ the mo they are mightily pissed, but I understand the Vietnamese position (and agree with them).

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    Edward Diego wrote:
    Today is the anniversary of a battle in the Vietnam War where the gunners of NZ's 161 Battery played a key role in saving the lives of a company of Australian infantry (100 men) surrounded by 2 divisions battalions of Viet Cong (~ 2000 men). They fired their 105mms howitzers non-stop for a day in a desperate attempt to save the infantry, until they were standing waist deep in shell casings. They surrounded the Aussie diggers with a ring of fire and shrapnel, but the Australian infantry reported watching the VC deliberately advance through the explosions, never faltering.

    Then the next day, they were tasked to take part in the clean-up, retrieving body parts that had been blasted into trees, for burial.

    And I bet you probably haven't heard of it. So I'd heartily encourage you to watch this documentary, several Kiwis are interviewed, and you can see that the trauma of the battle still stays with them.

    #watching

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    Great watch.

    I saw the B52s fly over today.

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    That was a good watch Cheers for that.

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    Glad you enjoyed it

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    Have seen a couple of docos on the history channel as well, one in particular about a digger who headed back there to excavate the scene of one of the firefights with some Viet Cong and NVA vets, gutwrenching, horrific stuff.

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    One of my friends was a medic in the Vietnam War. Ironically his entire squad ended up dying to save his life.

    Oh, and as they medevaced him his helicopter was shot down by Vietcong. Is missing the sight in one eye and a couple of fingers. That's basically the start of an interesting life though - his life story would make an outstanding film.

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    Groowee wrote:
    a more important question is why vietnam war era, out of all wars, produced such killer music
    The screen cap of this video, ie soldiers sitting on top of Marble Mountain near Da Nang, is really interesting. That view of the coast..that coast is now COMPLETELY covered with resorts of varying tackiness.

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    I'm really looking forward to it.