2021 Operation Overlord Battle of Long Khanh 50c Uncircated
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2021 Operation Overlord Battle of Long Khanh 50c Uncircated

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2021 Operation Overlord Battle of Long Khanh 50c Uncircated

Operation Overlord began on 5 June 1971, when Australian troops were deployed to prevent the enemy from gaining a foothold in Phuoc Tuy Province. Operational personnel comprised members of the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), the 4th Battalion the Royal Australian Regiment/New Zealand (ANZAC) Battalion and HQ 1st Australian Task Force, along with a troop of armoured personnel carriers from A Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, tanks from C Squadron, 1st Armoured Regiment, sappers from 1st Field Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers, along with artillery support from 12th Field Regiment, air support from No 9 Squadron RAAF and 161 Recce Flight as well as support from the 2/8th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st US Cavalry Division.

On 7 June, Australian troops engaged in heavy combat with the enemy, seeing over eight hours of intense fighting, resulting in the defeat of enemy troops and the discovery of a bunker system  comprising of more than 100 bunkers. In the following days, the bunker system was explored and subsequently destroyed.

The Battle of Long Khanh saw three Australians killed and numerous others wounded, with a further seven Australians killed five days later.

On 7 June 2021, we mark 50 years since Operation Overlord, including the Battle of Long Khanh, and reflect on the qualities of courage and perseverance that characterised the Australians’ service in Vietnam.  It is a day to commemorate their service and sacrifice, and reflect on the cost of operations like Overlord to those involved and their families back home.

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