The Geneva Accords signed on 21 July 1954 divided the former French colony of Indo China into two new nations: North Vietnam and South Vietnam. Almost immediately, the rulers of North Vietnam began a war aimed at re-uniting North and South. The perceived success of the North in subverting the South resulted in military intervention by the US and some of its allies in South East Asia, including Australia, starting in the early 1960s.

To assist our visitors, information on this site is presented as: 

A brief overview

Australian casualties

Supplementary information and anecdotes

The Battle of Long Tan

-- Watch the Long Tan PPT slide presentation (7 mbyte). (Requires Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 or later, or the PowerPoint viewer download (2mbyte); courtesy of Dave Sabben.

-- The Long Tan Cross. A brief history of the memorial erected near the site of the battle of Long Tan, plus useful information for persons contemplating a visit.  

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