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NZ Army to Commemorate Battle Of Long Tan

15 August 2006

New Zealand Army In Australia To Commemorate Battle Of Long Tan

Seven members of the New Zealand Army's Artillery Regiment have left for Canberra to take part in commemorations marking the 40th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

On 18 August the soldiers, who are all currently serving with the Linton-based 161 Battery, will join their Australian counterparts in a symbolic regimental fire mission fired from within the grounds of the Royal Military College in Duntroon, and take part in a parade through the streets of Canberra.

The invitation to attend the commemorations was extended by the Vietnam Veteran's Association of Australia in recognition of the role 161 Battery played in the Battle of Long Tan.

At Long Tan New Zealand's 161 Battery fired alongside Australian artillery in one of the most decisive battles for the ANZAC's involved in the Vietnam War. The effective artillery fire allowed 250 Australian soldiers to repel an attacking force of an estimated 1500 North Vietnamese.

The New Zealand contingent in Canberra for the commemorations will return to New Zealand on 19 August.

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