In August 1966, in a Vietnamese rubber plantation called Long Tan, 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives against 2500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers.
South Vietnam, late afternoon on August 18, 1966 - for three and a half hours, in the pouring rain, amid the mud and shattered trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tan, Major Harry Smith and his dispersed company of 108 young and mostly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives, holding off an overwhelming enemy force of 2,500 battle hardened Main Force Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army soldiers. With their ammunition running out, their casualties mounting and the enemy massing for a final assault each man begins to search for his own answer - and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage. The Battle of Long Tan is one of the most savage and decisive engagements in ANZAC history, earning both the United States and South Vietnamese Presidential Unit Citations for gallantry along with many individual awards. But not before 18 Australians and more than 245 Vietnamese are killed.Written by
The term, "Roger that", is an Americanism, originally from CB radio culture, and often used in military movies. However, it would never be said (or permitted, by any NCO or Officer within earshot) in the Australian Army. "Roger" is the only accepted proword. Similarly, the phrase, "I repeat", when repeating some for clarity over the radio telephone (RATEL), is not permitted. Instead the operator would use, "I say again...". This is because "repeat" is a proword used when directing artillery or naval fire (e.g "request for the same volume of fire to be fired again with or without corrections or changes") See more »
When calling the final roll call, you can see one of the 'dead' soldiers lying on the ground blink. See more »
Part way through the final credits, after showing the actors and pictures of their real life counterparts and some of the principal credits, acknowledgment of the 6RAR's Presidential Unit Citation from the USA made in 1968 but that Australia took 45 years to acknowledge the soldiers who fought in a similar way.
This is followed by an Honour Roll of the Australian Soldiers killed during this battle. See more »