Shell splinter : Long Tan battlefield, Vietnam

Accession Number REL33201
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Steel
Maker Unknown
Date made c 1960-1966
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Small jagged shell splinter with an overall patina of rust.

History / Summary

The shell splinter is probably from an L5 105mm Pack Howitzer round fired by 1 Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery. The regiment was firing in support of D Company, 6 Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, (6RAR) during the Battle of Long Tan, 17-18 August 1966. The splinter was collected in November 2004 by Vietnam veteran Garry Adams from the area in front of the positions occupied by 11 Platoon of D Company, 6 RAR, during the first part of the action. This area was very heavily shelled by 1 Field Regiment in an attempt to halt heavy attacks by North Vietnamese forces, which threatened to overrun 11 Platoon. Mr Adams served with 6 RAR in Vietnam from 8 May 1969- 29 April 1970.