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The Battle of Long Tan : The Company Commanders Story - Harry Smith

The Battle of Long Tan

The Company Commanders Story

By: Harry Smith

Paperback | 30 August 2022

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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 53 years after the battle, Harry tells his story. The Battle of 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.

The Battle of 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. The Battle of 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.

Book Features:
  • Danger Close – the Movie about the Battle of Long Tan which Harry is the focal point is released in August 2019.
  • 18 August 2019 marks the 53 Year Anniversary of this battle.
  • The most accurate book written of this battle as its written by the man commanding the battle. Harry is the most decorated former 1952 National Serviceman.
  • One of the most bitterly fought clashes of the Vietnam War. One of the few battles in the world to be won against such overwhelming odds.
  • Danger Close – the Movie about the Battle of Long Tan which Harry is the focal point is released in August 2019.
  • Extensive national PR campaign targeting strong exposure across the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August.
  • Major national PR Campaign across TV print and radio.
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