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Long Tan Day

By Thumper 17 August 2006 22

Friday 18 August is Vietnam Veterans Day and also the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. This was the most significant Australian battle of the Vietnam War, where a rifle company of 108 withstood, for four hours, repeated mass attacks from a Viet Cong force estimated at 2,500.

The first Commemorative service will be held this afternoon at the ACT Veterans Memorial on Ainslie Avenue & London Circuit at 4 pm, followed by the traditional Long Tan Memorial Service at the Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial on Anzac Parade at 10 am tomorrow.

A wide range of activities, centred on the Australian War Memorial, will run over the weekend.

On the 40th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan, 18 August 2006, we salute all Vietnam Veterans.

Lest We Forget.

www.dva.gov.au/commem/LongTan06/events.htm#act

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Al 1:10 pm 22 Aug 06

Bonfire, a few years ago I read a presentation by a former American General on the causes behind Gulf War Syndrome, and its other iterations. The nub of it was that when a bloke goes face to face with an enemy at short range, most of the body physiology goes into a sort of tunnel-vision mode, focussed on only what is needed for survival (like shoot and run I guess). Most of the other body functions fall by the wayside as not essential to survival. Result was often that they pissed or crapped themselves. And blokes are not equipped to understand or handle this sort of reaction – it set up an internal conflict where they often had trouble dealing with what they thought was their own cowardice, and it wasn’t something a bloke could talk about to someone else (I recall how my grandfather would never talk about his experiences at WW2 in New Guinea). So the whole internal conflict would descend into a mess, that ultimately came out in physical symptoms, etc.

Mr Evil 4:13 pm 18 Aug 06

Thumper, I saw a video some time ago of the SLR vs the Steyr; and surprise, surprise the SLR won on penetration power over a much greater distance!

I think they are one of the few rifles that Maoris couldn’t break!

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