Australia in the Vietnam War

  • Australia arrive in Vietnam

    The Australian Army arrived in South Vietnam in the time of July and August 1962
  • RAAF sent a flight

    In August 1964 the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) also sent a flight of Caribou transports to the port of Vung Tau.
  • US commence major battle

    By early 1965, when it had become clear that South Vietnam could not stave off the communist insurgents and their North Vietnamese comrades for more than a few months, the US commenced a major escalation of the war.
  • Australian Gov give battalion

    The Australian government dispatched the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), in June 1965 to serve alongside the US 173d Airborne Brigade in Bien Hoa province.
  • Government announce the dispatch

    In March 1966 the government announced the dispatch of a taskforce to replace 1RAR, consisting of two battalions and support services (including a RAAF squadron of Iroquois helicopters), to be based at Nui Dat, Phuoc Tuy province.
  • 6RAR engaged heaviest actions of the war.

    In August 1966 a company of 6RAR was engaged in one of Australia's heaviest actions of the war, in a rubber plantation near Long Tan.
  • RAN contribute

    The RAN also contributed a clearance diving team and a helicopter detachment that operated with the US Army from October 1967.
  • Viet army launch

    The year 1968 began with a major offensive by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army, launched during the Vietnamese lunar new year holiday period, known as "Tet".
  • Anti War protests rally

    By 1969 anti-war protests were gathering momentum in Australia.
  • US and South Viet troops corss border

    At the end of April 1970 US and South Vietnamese troops were ordered to cross the border into Cambodia.
  • Australia withdraw

    The ends and australia withdraw the war, losing many of their troops in the most horrid way. US followed them a few years later.