The Resource Long Tan : the start of a lifelong battle, Harry Smith

Long Tan : the start of a lifelong battle, Harry Smith

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Long Tan : the start of a lifelong battle
Title
Long Tan
Title remainder
the start of a lifelong battle
Statement of responsibility
Harry Smith
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On the afternoon of 18 August 1966, just five kilometres from the main Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat, a group of Viet Cong soldiers walked into the right flank of Delta Company, 6 RAR. Under a blanket of mist and heavy monsoon rain, amid the mud and shattered rubber trees, a dispersed Company of 108 men held its ground with courage and grim determination against a three-sided attack from a force of 2,500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army troops. When the battle subsided, 18 Australian soldiers lay dead and 24 had been wounded. Battlefield clearance revealed 245 enemy bodies with captured documents later confirming the count at over 500 enemy killed and 800 wounded. These men were led by a gruff and gusty perfectionist, Major Harry Smith. Now, some 47 years after the battle, Harry tells his story for the first time. But Long Tan is more than just an account of a historic battle. Harry Smith takes his readers on an extraordinary journey - one that ultimately reveals a remarkable cover-up at the highest military and political echelons. Long Tan is also Harry's life story and portrays his many personal battles, from failed marriages to commando-style killing; from a horrific parachute accident through to his modern-day struggles with bureaucracy for recognition for his soldiers. Harry's battles are tempered by his love of sailing, where he has at last found some peace. Long Tan portrays the wrenching, visceral experience of a man who has fought lifelong battles, in a story that he is only now able to tell. Harry can still hear the gunfire and smell the blood spilt at Long Tan. For him, the fight continues
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
AU@
Dewey number
959.704342
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • photographs
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Target audience
adult
Long Tan : the start of a lifelong battle, Harry Smith
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Long Tan : the start of a lifelong battle, Harry Smith
Publication
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Previous edition: 2015
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
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Content type code
  • txt
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  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
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Control code
ocn956920089
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Dimensions
24 cm.
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Edition
Updated 50th anniversary edition.
Extent
336 pages
Isbn
9781925275780
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map, photographs
System control number
(OCoLC)956920089

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