Vietnam Veterans' Day in Australia (Long Tan Day) Date in the current year: August 18, 2018

Vietnam Veterans' Day in Australia (Long Tan Day) August 18 is Vietnam Veterans' Day (also known ans Long Tan Day) in Australia. This day commemorates the Battle of Long Tan, that was held between Australian forces, South and North Vietnam forces.

Australian forces supported Viet Cong, a political organization and army in South Vietnam, during the Vietnam War. Australians were responsible for safety in the province Bà Rịa–Vũng Tàu, east of Saigon. The major battle began on the afternoon of August 18 and lasted till the morning of the next day.

The North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong were aware that Australian troops were there to protect the province, that is why they decided to take them on. The enemy lay in wait for Australian troops in a huge rubber plantation called Long Tan. When enemy attacked, only about a hundred of Australian troops had to hold off 2,500 of enemy troops. Regardless the counterweight, Australian troops won the battle, having lost only 18 men. This battle became the largest singe unit battle fought by Australian troops.

Vietnam Veterans' Day is observed annually throughout Australia to commemorate the day of the battle and remember the sacrifice Australian soldiers made to solve the conflict, that spanned a ten-year period.

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