Long Tan – Seeking Recognition

On August 18, 1966, 108 Australian soldiers were ambushed by the Viet Cong in what would become known as the Vietnam War’s Battle of Long Tan. Against all odds, the Aussies won the fight.

Now, the man who led them to victory is fighting to have his troops recognised with the highest honour.

The Battle of Long Tan, in which Aussie troops were outnumbered 20 to one, has gained greater recognition in recent years, but it wasn’t always that way.

The story of that four-hour firefight in a muddy rubber plantation during a torrential downpour will be retold in a new Australian movie, Danger CloseThe Battle of Long Tan.  Directed by Kriv Stenders (best known for Red Dog), it will premiere on the battle’s 53rd anniversary,  August 18.



  1. Its admiral that Harry Smith is fighting for more awards for his men but in seeking VCs I am sure that there were other men from the battalions who should have been so recognised . The chance for them has now passed and where does it stop. The old British system has a lot to answer for in this regard.

  2. Craig Servin says

    I think these men should all be recognised. It was shameful how politics came to play in this matter back when they fought for the country, their lives and their mates in the mud with them, and doubly shameful how it continues to this day.

  3. Greg Pullin says

    Delta Coy 6RAR were robbed of the gallantry awards written up by Their commander Major Harry Smith and no amount of passing off the awards to senior officers who were in Saigon or miles away who had nothing to do better than drink gin with their mates while men fought and died an overwhelming force can make it right except go back to the original awards recommended by Harry Smith end of story.