The Minefield: An Australian Tragedy in the Vietnam War

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The Minefield: An Australian Tragedy in the Vietnam War

The greatest Australian military blunder post WW2 occurred during the Vietnam war when 20,000 powerful mines were basically given to the enemy and used against Australian forces.

A fascinating article.

In 1967, Brigadier Stuart Graham issued the calamitous order: First Australian Task Force would construct an 11 kilometre barrier fence minefield containing 20,292 powerful M16 landmines in southern Vietnam's Phuoc Tuy Province.

As work on the laying of the minefield went on through May 1967, 13 Australian sappers were killed and dismembered as a result of detonations caused by the stress of the job.

What he failed to realise was that the opposing forces were well positioned to lift thousands of the mines and turn them back against the Australian Task Force with horrendous, far reaching results.

For protracted periods, Australia's own M16 mines became the enemy's most effective strike weapons, causing over 50 per cent of all task force casualties. The minefield also guaranteed the enemy's successful defence of its vital area and base complexes against task force incursions.

Much more on the topic on the link
 http://www.japanfocus.org/p...

and
 http://www.militaryphotos.n...
By netchicken: posted on 11-12-2008








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