NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
15th September, 1967 : Infantry on the ground, walking in the pouring rain or intense heat; struggling across swollen rivers and paddy fields or tearing their way through thorny bamboo or jungle. Patrols, patrols and then more patrols – this is the life of Anzacs in Phuoc Tuy Province, Vietnam. They are 3,000 men up against a “hidden” enemy of some 6,000, a force which can erupt at any time. The battle of Long Tan started with the sounds of a rock concert at Nui Dat base coming through the rubber trees. Such is the uncertainty of life. In that action, fought in torrential rain in a rubber plantation, an Australian company was outnumbered 10 to 1, but withstood a hail of fire to hold off the Viet Cong troops.