" As long as you lend a hand"
- Jan 11, 2017
There is a good movie airing on Prime titled "Danger Close". It is the retelling of the Battle of Long Tan in Vietnam in 1966. The Delta company of the 1st ATF ,consisting of 108 young Australian and New Zealand recruits, ended up in the field facing 2500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong. The battle was quite bloody , and the ATF were nearly over run after expending their ammunition. The story is based on a book written by the experienced Major Smith who managed to hold his troops together until they were relieved by a group of APCs eventually sent out from base to rescue what was left of Delta. Of course the casualty rate was high. but the fact that any of them got out is amazing. Apparently there were some controversial issues that the Australian government kept classified until 1993. It always gets to me when they roll the actual footage and the list of those who died. They were the same age as the girls on the Husky basketball team.