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    Last edited by Boonierat; 18 Feb 11, 07:41.

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    Watch Battle of Long Tan documentary online

    Hi all,

    I am the producer of the award winning and critically acclaimed documentary 'The Battle of Long Tan' narrated by Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator Salvation).

    I've now put the full version of our documentary online for free and without any registration here on Vimeo.

    About the Battle of Long Tan

    Late afternoon August 18, 1966 South Vietnam – for three and a half hours, in the pouring rain, amid the mud and shattered trees of a rubber plantation called Long Tan, Major Harry Smith and his dispersed company of 108 young and mostly inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives, holding off an overwhelming enemy force of 2,500 battle hardened Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers.

    With their ammunition running out, their casualties mounting and the enemy massing for a final assault each man begins to search for his own answer – and the strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency and courage.

    The ensuing Battle of Long Tan becomes one of the most savage and decisive engagements in ANZAC history, earning both the United States and South Vietnamese Presidential Unit Citations for gallantry along with many individual awards. But sadly not before 18 Australians and more than 500 enemy are killed.

    Heroism, tragedy and the sacrifice of battle, Long Tan is a grueling and dramatic exploration of war with all its horror, that rightly takes its place alongside other legendary ANZAC battles and campaigns such as Gallipoli, Beersheba, Kokoda, Tobruk, Kapyong, Balmoral, Coral and many others.

    I've begun to put up some of the research material I've collected over the past 5 years including real After Action Reports and Commander's Diaries here. I've also put up archival and other media related videos here on YouTube including actual footage from the morning of the battle.

    P.S. We are also producing a major movie based on this story.

    Cheers,
    Martin

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    • #3
      Thanks Boonierat!

      So many pirate sites have it now, so many people have yet to see it and we don't have any plans in place right now for international distribution. So, the next best thing is to put it online myself and make sure people can watch a high quality version and send us feedback as we develop the movie.

      I hope people enjoy it!

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      • #4
        Cheers, and welcome to ACG by the way

        Merged both threads and 'stickied' it
        Last edited by Boonierat; 18 Feb 11, 07:10.

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        • #5
          Magnificent. I was really moved by that...You fellows did a fantastic job. I really do mean that.

          ...how useless it was to struggle against fortune, this being the burden of wisdom which the ages had bequeathed to him.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Lucky 6 View Post
            Magnificent. I was really moved by that...You fellows did a fantastic job. I really do mean that.

            Ditto . . . . I watched it last night from about 3am-5am (between feedings

            If I ever have a chance, I'd like to go out there someday. It's only a couple hours drive from here.

            Doug

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            • #7
              Hi RedDuneFilms,

              Could you please tell whether you've managed to definitively establish the correct PAVN OOB of the battle? Was there a PAVN 45th regiment or not?

              Thanks,

              Altus

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              • #8
                I could only watch a few minutes of the doco, it takes forever to download here and is damn frustrating. Doug, plan to go on Anzac Day in August, take the Vung Tau hydrofoil the day before. Go to Tommy's 2 bar and go with the Aussie and Kiwi vets on a bus to Long Tan for the dawn service. Then spend the day drinking Bundiberg? Rum, talking with fellow vets and attend the football game at the dog track in Vung Tau. A great not to be missed experience! I'll be there. Steve

                dougreese said,"If I ever have a chance, I'd like to go out there someday. It's only a couple hours drive from here".

                Doug[/QUOTE]
                Last edited by sgnsteve; 24 Feb 11, 10:45.
                "If we don't know history, then we are ready meat for carnivorous politicians and the intellectuals and journalists who supply the carving knives." Zell

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                • #9
                  oops, Anzac day 2011 is April 26th!
                  "If we don't know history, then we are ready meat for carnivorous politicians and the intellectuals and journalists who supply the carving knives." Zell

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sgnsteve View Post
                    oops, Anzac day 2011 is April 26th!
                    Thanks!

                    Doug . . . . District 11

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by altus View Post
                      Hi RedDuneFilms,

                      Could you please tell whether you've managed to definitively establish the correct PAVN OOB of the battle? Was there a PAVN 45th regiment or not?

                      Thanks,

                      Altus
                      Hi Altus,

                      Yes there was. The units opposing the ANZAC force at the Battle of Long Tan were:
                      1. VC 275th Regiment - 1,600 men
                      2. VC D445 Provincial Mobile Battalion - 550 men
                      3. NVA 45th Regiment - 500 men detached to 275 Regiment


                      D Coy, 6RAR captured 3 wounded enemy on the battlefield:
                      • 1 x enemy captured on the battlefield was from D445
                      • 2 x captured enemy were from NVA 45 Regiment.


                      We have a detailed Facts Sheet available here (550K .PDF)

                      This 'Long Tan Battle Record' (.PDF 2.2MB) written by Lt. Col. Dick Hannigan who was the Task Force operations officer during the battle is also pretty useful.

                      I confirmed these details in person with the following Viet Cong Commanders in 2006 when we filmed their interviews in Vung Tau:
                      • Former Vice Commander D445 Battalion – Major General Nguyen Minh Ninh
                      • Former Commander of Company 3, D445 Battalion – Colonel Phan Thanh Binh
                      • Former Commander of Company 2, D445 Battalion – Colonel Nguyen Duc Thu


                      Further, these details were also previously confirmed by Lex McAulay author of 'The Battle of Long Tan: The Legend Of ANZAC Upheld‘. Sydney 1986: Arrow published by Random House. ISBN 0099525305 and subsequently by Ian McNeill author of 'To Long Tan. The Australian Army and the Vietnam War 1950-1966. The Official History of Australia’s Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948-1975.’ Sydney 1993: Allen & Unwin in association with the Australian War Memorial. ISBN 1863732829.

                      Both of these authors also visited Vietnam and interviewed PAVN survivors of the battle. All of us have had access to previously secret Australian and American intelligence from the period which included captured enemy commander's diaries.

                      I hope this helps!

                      Regards,
                      Martin
                      Last edited by RedDuneFilms; 28 Feb 11, 05:39.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dougreese View Post
                        Ditto . . . . I watched it last night from about 3am-5am (between feedings

                        If I ever have a chance, I'd like to go out there someday. It's only a couple hours drive from here.

                        Doug
                        Hi Doug & others,

                        As an FYI, Dave Sabben former platoon commander of 12 Platoon, D Coy, 6RAR during the Battle of Long Tan led a tour to Long Tan last year and he is doing another one this year.


                        I highly recommend visiting Long Tan on ANZAC day as per Steve's suggestion or if you can be there when Dave will be there. Dave was a national service (draft) officer. Dave also wrote a fictional account of the battle (but based on accurate research) called 'Through Enemy Eyes'.

                        Cheers,
                        Martin

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                        • #13
                          Martin, can you tell us a bit about the Beresford movie that's being made? I imagine you can't divulge much at this stage but what's the status on it? has filming started yet?

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                          • #14
                            Sgn Steve, and any others interested in attending dawn services, ANZAC day is the 25th of April.

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                            • #15
                              Pball, I googled it and the site for Aussie holidays marks it as the 26th. Because I wasn't sure. Hmmm, will call Glenn at Tommy's II bar on Ba Cu street in Vung Tau to see when he has planned for the service. Have been a day late and a dollar short on more than one occasion. Thanks, Steve
                              "If we don't know history, then we are ready meat for carnivorous politicians and the intellectuals and journalists who supply the carving knives." Zell

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