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Danger Close #14735946 04/02/20
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Just watched Danger Close, damned good movie and a story that needed to be told here in the USA. Also first time I heard of Little Pattie, sounds like quite a gal. Seems like she has has done a lot for the vets.

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I watched, as well. Sobering movie. A reminder that officers (those who know a hell of a lot less than they think they do) get a lot of troops killed !!!


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Originally Posted by oldwoody2
A reminder that officers (those who know a hell of a lot less than they think they do) get a lot of troops killed !!!



In this particular case you'd be referring to the NVA and VC officers, I take it?

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I gotta see that. I've got a couple books and a short documentary DVD (with interviews from several of those that were involved) on the battle of Long Tan. I didn't realise that they had made a film about it - where have I been?

Just found this:

https://battleoflongtan.com/

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First time I heard the saying "we're not here to [bleep] spiders" I had to laugh on that one.

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We watched it last night, after reading about it here.

I'm sure the same $hit happens to every army, no matter allied or not.

Egos get in the way & cost lives.

Enjoyed the film.


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Originally Posted by dan_oz
Originally Posted by oldwoody2
A reminder that officers (those who know a hell of a lot less than they think they do) get a lot of troops killed !!!



In this particular case you'd be referring to the NVA and VC officers, I take it?

They damned well gave better than they took!

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Just watched it thanks to you guys.

The end, particularly the song.....was......tough....


He spoke in tears of 15 years his dog and him traveled about. The dog up and died. She up and died....After 20 years he still grieves.
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Watched it last night. Not keen on the overdramatisation they added to the characters but the events were pretty much in line with what I've read and seen on documentaries about it.

I found several short interviews on Youtube with Sabben and Buick (I think Smith has passed away in the meantime but have him on a documentary on a DVD that I have to dig up) - I'll post a couple of links for those interested when I get on the computer tonight.

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Watched it a couple of nights ago. Good flick. I read about the battle of Long Tan a long time ago but forgot all the details. As an aside, I caught a flight on a RAAF C-7 Caribou from Saigon to the SF base in Vung Tau once. We stopped at an Aussie base somewhere in between that had a PSP runway and they had to push the ‘Bou back to the end of the strip with the tail almost in the trees to have enough runway to takeoff. I think we hit some treetops on takeoff! I think all C-7 pilots were Stuka pilots in a former life. Happy Trails


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When I was a young soldier, a few years after Vietnam, there were two members of the DS on my initial training who had been involved in the battle of Long Tan. One as a member of D Coy, one as a member of B Coy who went out to support them. They discussed the battle and lessons learned with us.

The simple facts were that 6 RAR was carrying out aggressive clearing patrols around the defensive position, the 1ATF base, as is standard Australian Army doctrine. There had been some small groups of VC found by earlier patrols. D Coy then bumped a much larger force - at least ten times their size - and in the course of an intense battle and with a lot of well-directed artillery and some air support, and then with reinforcement from A and D Coy and APCs, and in the best traditions of the Australian Army, drove them from the field.

According to our DS you do your job, trust to your training and trust the blokes around you, even when it seems that everything is going to sh t. From these blokes, that was a powerful message.

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I watched Danger Close yesterday. Thanks to all here for the idea! Great movie.


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