Title: We Too Were ANZACs – The Sixth Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment/NZ (ANZAC) South Vietnam 1969 to 1970
Author: Avery, Brian (Lieutenant-Colonel)
Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2007
Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 256 pages
Comments: The detailed history of the Sixth Battalion (The Royal Australian Regiment) from 1969 to 1970.
During its first tour in South Vietnam, 6RAR covered itself with honours as a result of its victory at Long Tan in August 1966. In 1969, 6RAR, now augmented by two New Zealand rifle companied, returned to South Vietnam.
During its first major operation in June 1969, Operation Lavarack, this truly ANZAC battalion which included regular soldiers, National Servicemen and Kiwis, soon showed what a professional unit it was by dominating the enemy Main Force units in Phuoc Tuy Province, by aggressive minor tactics, patrolling and well sited ambushes.
Throughout its year-long tour, 6RAR/NZ participated in nine major operations, inflicting heavy casualties upon the Viet Cong. Unlike the battalion’s earlier tour, the fighting was mainly at platoon level, with scores of successful ambushes being sprung, and many contacts, daring which the superior training of the individual Anzac soldiers prevailed. The used of mines by both sides, made this tour a particularly dangerous one, with mines causing most Anzac casualties.
The pressure exerted by the battalion meant that the enemy was unable to mount any offensive operations in Phuoc Tuy, and he was forces to disperse due to the disruption of his resupply system resulting in reduced morals.
During its tour 6RAR/NZ killed over 260 enemy, and captured large quantities of weapons, ammunition, stores, food and medical supplies. As a result of the success of Lavarack and subsequent operations, 6RAR was granted the Battle Honour ‘Binh Ba’.
Written by Lieutenant-Colonel Brian Avery, ‘We Too Were Anzacs’ is a story of great personal courage, determination and endurance, in a difficult war fought against an elusive enemy over harsh terrain. Details of each of the major operations mounted by 6RAR/NZ are recounted in detail, and are complemented by many photographs, maps, a nominal roll as well as a roll of honour.
1. In the Beginning
2. The Infantry Battalion
3. The Move to Townsville
4. Training the Battalion
5. The Anzac Battalion Concept
6. A Background to Operating in Phuoc Tuy Province
7. The Enemy
8. Settling in at Nui Dat
9. Operation Lavarack
10. Operation Mundingburra
11. Operations Long Tan and Tekapo
12. Operation Burnham
13. Operation Ross
14. Operation Marsden
15. Operation Napier
16. Operation Gisborne
17. Operation Townsville
18. Homeward Bound
Appendix 1: Glossary
Appendix 2: Roll of Honour
Appendix 3: Honours and Awards
Appendix 4: Nominal Roll
Includes Roll of Honour & Honour and Awards