ON THIS DAY - 11 January 1973
Cessation of hostilities in Vietnam by Australian forces. The proclamation by the Governor-General, Sir Paul Hasluck, ended 11 years of Australian involvement in Vietnam, the longest duration of any war in Australia's history.
Photo: Long Tan, South Vietnam. 18 August 1969. A memorial cross, made by the Assault Pioneer Platoon of 6RAR /NZ (ANZAC) (The ANZAC Battalion comprising 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment and a component from the 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment), was placed in a sunlit opening in the rubber plantation for a commemorative service, three years to the day after D Company, 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (6RAR), fought an overwhelming Viet Cong (VC) force on this spot. Eighteen Australians died here in the Battle of Long Tan. They left 245 enemy dead buried on the battlefield.