Thursday, August 18, 2016
50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. A warning for the future.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. As a side note, Vietnam and Australia have reached an agreement that allows Aussies to visit the battlefield. Vietnam just a few days ago refused to allow Aussies to commemorate the battle by visiting the site. I'm glad they worked it out.
How is this battle a warning to the future?
The Aussie Task Force that participated in the fighting here are one of the modern day examples of the vulnerability that the Company Landing Team will experience in future fights. NOTE: While trying to "figure out" how the Company Landing Team will fair in battle, I've found that the closest analogy is the US Army's 1st Cav (Airmobile) Division during Vietnam. More on that later.
But back on task. Watch the video, drink it in and marvel that men such as these were willing to do the hard thing.