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

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

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Long Tan : the start of a lifelong battle
Title
Long Tan
Title remainder
the start of a lifelong battle
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Harry Smith with Toni McRae
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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.Written in partnership with award-winning journalist Toni McRae, 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
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  • illustrations
  • maps
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Target audience
adult
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Long Tan : the start of a lifelong battle, Harry Smith with Toni McRae
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volume
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  • still image
  • cartographic image
  • cartographic image
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
324 pages
Isbn
9781922132321
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a130686
  • (Sirsi) a130686
Label
Long Tan : the start of a lifelong battle, Harry Smith with Toni McRae
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Content category
  • still image
  • cartographic image
  • cartographic image
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
324 pages
Isbn
9781922132321
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a130686
  • (Sirsi) a130686

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