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In the middle of my first play of FITL I came across an August 2014 "War is Boring" blog entry on the battle of Long Tan at https://medium.com/war-is-boring/remembering-long-tan-austra.... The entry was inspired by the efforts of one Australian vet to produce a feature film based on the events. While the feature film hasn't come to fruition yet, as part of that effort there is already a documentary you can watch at www.battleoflongtan.com completed in 2006.

You couldn't find a better example of the importance of close fire support than this (well-incorporated into FITL with the 2-for-1 casualties the U.S. can inflict when it has a base in an area in which it conducts an assault). Hats off to the Australians and Kiwis for this feat of arms and respect to their opponents who braved that fire in their assault attempts.

From the blog:

"On Aug. 18, Australians remember their countrymen who served in the Vietnam War. The official name of the holiday is Vietnam Veterans Day, but many Aussies still call it “Long Tan Day” after the location of Australia’s bloodiest battle since the Korean War.

On that day in 1966, 105 Australian soldiers and three New Zealand forward artillery observers faced 2,500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army guerrillas in a rubber plantation in Phuoc Tuy province, South Vietnam.

They fought desperately in darkness and torrential rain for nearly four hours. The Australian Army lost 18 men that night and the fighting injured a further 24."
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Great find. What a fantastic documentary. And what an indepth look at some of the larger scale battles modeled in Fire in the Lake. Thanks for the link, Mr. Pounder.

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