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Old July 06, 2019, 19:08   #1
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Danger Close the battle of Long Tan

Some L1A1 action in this one with the Diggers and their SLR’s

https://youtu.be/AyUqZLwOo2Y
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Old July 07, 2019, 09:41   #2
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Needs more mud.

I might actually drag my ass to the theater to see it. That's pretty high praise from me.
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Old July 07, 2019, 10:33   #3
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I read Harry Smith’s book about Long Tan (and his lifelong battle to get his men the recognition they deserve, as they were snubbed after the battle by the Australian military establishment) while I was doing some training in Shoalwater, where Aussie troops had their final exercises before deploying to Vietnam. I will definitely be looking forward to this.
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Old July 07, 2019, 11:35   #4
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I read Harry Smith’s book about Long Tan (and his lifelong battle to get his men the recognition they deserve, as they were snubbed after the battle by the Australian military establishment) while I was doing some training in Shoalwater, where Aussie troops had their final exercises before deploying to Vietnam. I will definitely be looking forward to this.
The Military did snub them but as kid growing up in oz I was well aware of this battle, looks like it could be a decent flick
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Old July 07, 2019, 11:44   #5
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Might actually see that one in the theater. Looks like it was made realistic.
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Old July 07, 2019, 13:11   #6
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Hope it'll open within reasonable driving distance. I live in a redneck town; it would play well here but to a small audience. As I read about it, 18 August was the date of the battle. Wonder if there might be an acknowledgement in the advance publicity? Hate to have to wait for it to hit the small screen.
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Old July 07, 2019, 18:48   #7
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This looks quite good. I am going to try to drag my brother out to see this and Midway.
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Old July 13, 2019, 09:26   #8
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I guess I will need to see when/if they will show it here
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I believe this is not the first movie made on this. There is a feature film as well as a very good documentary with the soldiers.


I will watch it. The trailer looked decent.

The Odd Angry Shot was the 1979 film.
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Old July 19, 2019, 16:11   #10
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Australia was in Vietnam Nam?

Just kidding!! It’s my standard joke with Aussie “real men” and a real relationship builder. So far I’ve survived the initial risk.
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Old July 19, 2019, 17:09   #11
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I believe this is not the first movie made on this. There is a feature film as well as a very good documentary with the soldiers.


I will watch it. The trailer looked decent.

The Odd Angry Shot was the 1979 film.
There was a dramatised Doco on Long Tan (actual servicing Army Drop Shorts played the roles of the Artillery Battery in the Doco). Odd Angry Shot in of course not about Long Tan.

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Just kidding!! It’s my standard joke with Aussie “real men” and a real relationship builder. So far I’ve survived the initial risk.
......so far

I think this will be a decent movie, lots of local effort went into the filming and (unlike The Odd Angry Shot) many of the set locations were chosen for their likeness to the RVN.
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Yea it was a long time ago I watched a poor upload of it on my lap top. Might have been a falcentric link from this site and a discussion.

My retention of facts can be quite poor.


I watched Kokoda tonight. I didn’t get a lot of the dialog. It needs English subtitles.

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I watched Kokoda tonight. I didn’t get a lot of the dialog. It needs English subtitles.
Really? I think Strayan is super easy to pick up. Easier than most Brit variants. Anyway, I think it's one of the best Pacific Theater flicks. My great uncle died on Bougainville not far away and in similar conditions.
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A work colleague of mine landed in Port Moresby this morning, she is hiking Kokoda with a group.
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Really? I think Strayan is super easy to pick up. Easier than most Brit variants. Anyway, I think it's one of the best Pacific Theater flicks. My great uncle died on Bougainville not far away and in similar conditions.
He meant it was not spoken in the English as God Intended and Twitted to Moses, US Midwestern.
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The members of 161 Battery NZ Army Vietnam Vets were recently awarded the Australian Citation for their efforts at Coral, Balmoral and Van Don.
Particular mention was made of the 4 Artillery Officers who directed accurate Artillery support fire for the Aussies and help save the 200 plus Aussie soldiers facing a battalion of Viet Cong.


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......so far

I think this will be a decent movie, lots of local effort went into the filming and (unlike The Odd Angry Shot) many of the set locations were chosen for their likeness to the RVN.
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I am curious about the Aussi troops using M-16's. Is this accurate?

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I am curious about the Aussi troops using M-16's. Is this accurate?

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Officers, RTO's, and specialist troops would typically have the M-16.

I'm kinda kickin' myself for selling my Aussie LBE set. Very cool kit, but the temptation to round out the impression was too much.
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.....yes the M16 was issued on limited scale alongside the SLR from round 1966 through till the 90s (many of the same rifles just rebuilt over and over). It basically replaced the SMG (although both the Own - in RVN- and F1 were also issued concurrently. Generally (ignoring SF) it was "supposed" to be issued to RTOs, Officers, Scouts, Dog Handlers etc but like anything it seeped out further. It was popular to carry but less so to actually fight with I believe Australians first dalliance with it was by the SAS during Konfrontasi prior to our large scale involvement in the RVN. As a side note, infantry during those operations were issued with the MAG58 (as at that point we didn't have a standard, GPMG as such), those that left there and went to the RVN were somewhat dismayed to be issued with the M60....
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I was going to make a joke of M60 vs MAG58 but I will let it go.
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.....yes the M16 was issued on limited scale alongside the SLR from round 1966 through till the 90s (many of the same rifles just rebuilt over and over). It basically replaced the SMG (although both the Own - in RVN- and F1 were also issued concurrently. Generally (ignoring SF) it was "supposed" to be issued to RTOs, Officers, Scouts, Dog Handlers etc but like anything it seeped out further. It was popular to carry but less so to actually fight with I believe Australians first dalliance with it was by the SAS during Konfrontasi prior to our large scale involvement in the RVN. As a side note, infantry during those operations were issued with the MAG58 (as at that point we didn't have a standard, GPMG as such), those that left there and went to the RVN were somewhat dismayed to be issued with the M60....
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New trailer
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It came out on August 8th. I've been hoping to see it on the big screen but I see you can down load the movie already. Haven't seen it at Red Box. Interesting the extras were combat vets from the sand box.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0441881/
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Let us not forget the Battle for Fire Support Base Coral! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUCPv26T5x8

Just like Long Tan a lot of mistakes were made by higher ups that got people KIA.

And for the undramatized story of Long Tan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoW5aiL7mlA
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Great post with lots of information. Thanks everyone !!
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It came out on August 8th. I've been hoping to see it on the big screen but I see you can down load the movie already. Haven't seen it at Red Box. Interesting the extras were combat vets from the sand box.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0441881/
It looks like Aug 8th is the Ausi release date, in the U.S. it looks like Nov 8th
I'm hoping that it will be in local theatres & not just those artsy fartsy indi theatres.
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It looks like Aug 8th is the Ausi release date, in the U.S. it looks like Nov 8th
I'm hoping that it will be in local theatres & not just those artsy fartsy indi theatres.
Ah maybe that’s why I couldn’t find a local showing. Thanks!
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I decided not to wait and just went direct to streaming. Figured that I'd spend this much money in theatre. I'll be watching with morning coffee.

Vudu and Fandango have it streaming. Rent or buy.

https://www.fandangonow.com/details/...D6FF049F3DA380

https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/...-Close/1234757

My ONLY knowledge of the battle comes from the excellent Battle of Long Tan Documentary - Sam Worthington: https://youtu.be/8gUSq7pxux4

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