Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War

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  • First Arrival of Australian troops

    First Arrival of Australian troops
    During July - August of 1962, Australian began sending troops to South Vietnam to aid the allied troops. The Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) were the first Australian troops to be in Vietnam.
  • Flight of Caribou transports

    Flight of Caribou transports
    RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force) send a flight of Caribou transports to the port Wung Tau.
  • 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment dispatched

    1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment dispatched
    US government requested further aid from friendly countries in the region, this included Australia. In response to this call, the Australian government dispatched the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment to Vietnam to aid in the war.
  • Government dispatches taskforce

    Government dispatches taskforce
    Government announces the dispatch of a taskforce to replace 1RAR, consisting of 2 battalions and support services to be based at Nui Dat, Phuoc Tuy province.
  • Battle at Long Tan

    Battle at Long Tan
    A company of 6RAR (6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiement) was attacked by an estimate of 2000 Viet Cong soldiers. The 108 soldiers of D Coy were attacked at a rubber plantation close to Long tan for 4 hours and in a tropcial downpour. They were assisted by an ammunition resupply from RAAF helicopters, close fire support from Australian artillery and reinforcements in APCs as night fell.
  • Tet Offensive

    Tet Offensive
    Major offensive set off by the Viet Cong during the Vietnamese lunar new year holiday period known as 'Tet'. The Viet Cong were able to take over cities, towns and military instalations throughout South Vietnam.
  • Decrease in Australia's military effort

    Decrease in Australia's military effort
    By late 1970, Australia began to wind down their efforts in the Vietnam War. The decrease in troops were made up by increasing the Strength of the AATTV and their efforts were concentrated in the Phuoc Tuy Province.
  • Last battalion leaves Vietnam

    Last battalion leaves Vietnam
    Throughout 1971, the withdrawl of Australian forces continued with the last battaltion leaving Vietnam on the 7th of November
  • Last Australian troop return home

    Last Australian troop return home
    The final handful of advisors belonging to the AATTV return home after staying back in Vietnam for another year
  • Offical end of Australia's involvement

    Offical end of Australia's involvement
    The end of Australia's involvement of the Vietnam War was announced when the Govener-General issued a proclamation on the 11th of January. Some troops remained behind as they were assigned to guarding the Australian embassy in Saigon, they were brought back later in June.
  • RAAF aid

    RAAF detachments of 7-8 Hercules transports flew humanitarian missions to aid civilian refugees throughout April.