South Viet Nam: One for the Diggers

Until last week, Australia's contingent in Viet Nam had accounted for only 187 enemy dead. Countless forays had produced countless failures to kill the Viet Cong, and there were those who suggested that the "diggers" were too cautious to close with the enemy. It was hardly that way last week.

Sweeping through a French-run rubber plantation called Binh Ba, 42 miles southeast of Saigon, looking for an ene my force that had mortared the Aussies' main headquarters, a 150-man company of the Royal Australian Regiment's 6th Battalion stumbled onto an estimated two...

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