Long Tan Details

You can view the details for 18 August here LONG TAN 2016

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Latest Infantryman

You can view the August 2016 edition here Infantryman August

and the  April edition here Infantryman+April+2016

There are numerous excellent articles and a list of activities at HQ for the foreseeable future.

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On Saturday 6 August 2016 7 RAR Association SA with support of the RAR Association SA will conduct its annual Suoi Chau Pha Commemorative Service at the RAR Association clubrooms Beatty St, Linden Park.

The Battle of Sui Chau Pha to place on the 6th of August 1967 northwest of the 1st Australian Task Force base of Nui Dat in South Vietnam when A Company 7 RAR struck a reinforced company of the enemy. During the prolonged battle five Australians were killed and twenty one wounded one of whom died of his wounds later.

 An extract from Fred Fairhead-s book A Duty Done is attached and gives details of the Battle.


 Following on from the successful use of the Linden Park clubrooms for both inside and outside services this year 7 RAR SA has decided to conduct the commemorative service and followed by a light lunch within the clubrooms.


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Army Newspaper Edition 1377 – 14 July 16


HAMEL TIME : Thousands of troops meet in Cultana, South Australia, for Army’s premier warfighting exercise - cover, pages 2-3               

NAIDOC WEEK: Soldiers across the country honour Indigenous heritage during NAIDOC Week - pages 4-5

ON TARGET: 2RAR soldiers among thousands of troops exercising in Hawaii during Exercise Rim-of-the-Pacific - centrepiece

And in sport: ADF Rugby Union side too good for Police in inaugural test match in Canberra – back page              

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A New Article on Women in “Close Combat” Roles

You can read the article here Topical Issue -Former British Army commander says having women in the army

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Regimental Dinner Photos (25 June 16) – click on the photo to enlarge

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Tribute to the Vietnam Veterans Finally Returning Home to Australia

You can hear it here  https://youtu.be/FyJ-ih5kjEs 

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A Duty Done

Here is the final copy of  A DUTY DONE Addendum   The Addendum describes a number of new operations, including;  three by 1RAR in 1965 (Iron Triangle, New Life and Smash), two by 9RAR in 1969 (Matthew and Hat Dich), one by 5RAR in 1969 (Kings Cross) and the one by 6RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Battalion on 17/18 August 1969 when the original Long Tan Cross was erected. It is necessary to have a copy of A Duty Done to read the Addendum.

And here is a name index to be used in conjunction with the original A Duty Done A Duty Done Index of Names

Here is the Price List for A Duty Done and Addendum

To order this excellent book, please view this  A Duty Done Order_Form_Sep

If paying by EFT, please ensure you place your initials and surname as the reference.  If you have a specific book number, also please insert that ,e.g.  VX Smith 591

You can also read the original A Duty Done here.

Please note the erratum for A Duty Done A Duty Done Erratum

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RSL Virtual War Memorial – Updated site

If you have not visited this site yet, it is very interesting and has some current members of the RARA SA on it, including the President, Mike von Berg MC OAM and Robert “Dogs”Kearney.


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Two tunes worth watching/listening to on You Tube

Watch “My Dog Nui Dat – Dale Duncan” on YouTube   https://youtu.be/I5RlzMhwlVk

And watch “Thunderstruck” here  https://youtu.be/yeALQfS7PGo


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Vietnam War: new book on D445 and the Battle of Long Tan

Chamberlain, Ernest: The Viet Cong D445 Battalion: Their Story (and the Battle of Long Tan). Vietnam Veteran and linguist Ernie Chamberlain has recently written and privately-published a book that would certainly interest all who served in Phuoc Tuy province during the Vietnam War. The core of the work is a translation of D445 Battalion’s history - as written by Vietnamese historians in 2004. In order to provide context – and to analyse and comment upon the Vietnamese writings, the book is comprehensively referenced. The comments cite a large number of captured NVA/VC documents – many not previously translated or available to researchers. Additionally, signals intelligence (SIGINT) material related to the Battle of Long Tan – that was only declassified and released to the author in February 2016, is also included. The work also has 18 annexes covering aspects such as VC personalities, an analysis of casualties at Long Tan, SIGINT, the 275 VC Regiment etc.  While the book is not available commercially, the text of the book has been placed on the Internet as  –


Perhaps the sections of most interest to veterans include the Viet Cong’s version of the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966 – including the first available VC sketch map of the Battle, and SIGINT aspects.

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Unique Violin Version of the Last Post

You can listen to it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqHx1CDRQkc

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Recent Photo of C Coy 7RAR

See attached photo of C Coy 7RAR with RARA SA Patron Laurie Lewis and A Duty Done Author, Fred Fairhead   C Coy 7RAR (002)

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Army Museum of South Australia History Newsletter

The ‘Exhibitor’ is the AMOSA newsletter which should inform you and your friends of current activity at the Museum. It is an active Army Museum and usually have about 45 volunteers attending on Wednesdays to upgrade and change the exhibits in the Galleries. They are open to the public on Sunday afternoons and regularly conduct tours for groups of about 20 + persons during the week.  AMOSA MARCH 2016 NEWSLETTER v1

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Latest Issue of Holdfast for February 2016, Issue No 28

A good read.  Here is the link to the Tunnel Rats Newsletter page


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Australia and the Vietnam War

A very informative website with an interactive Roll of Honour Image Gallery that provides background information on the serviceman.



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‘He should have died’: the Vietnam veteran who never really returned

Please take the time to read this article which is primarily about Michael McKernan’s book, “When This Thing Happened”. The title defers to Michael Stawyskyj’s constant reference to the moment in Vietnam in 1969 – “When this thing happened”.  Michael Stawyskyj is the father of Joe Stawyskyj. a 5RAR digger serously wounded in 1969.

Here is the link http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/postcolonial-blog/2015/nov/25/tell-me-more-michael-mckernan-youve-got-a-few-books-left-in-you-yet

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New Anzac Memorial at Emu Park Queensland

A picture and a link to show what we have been up to at Emu Park.

Emu Park

http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/photos/emu-park-anzac-memorial/30824/#/8 The image on the Digi-glass panel is taken from a painting of Australian diggers landing at Gallipoli. By matching up the horizons you can visualize the troops coming ashore.This shot is taken at sunrise and silhouettes the figures in the glass. The morning bulletin link has a series of pictures of the memorial precinct. regards Jack Parr.

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Behind the Wire: Images and Stories of Vietnam Veterans

Behind the Wire is an exhibition about Vietnam veterans, their jobs and their experiences, in their words.  You can view the website here http://www.behindthewire.com.au/

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