• On 5 June 2009, the eve of the 40th anniversary of the battle of Binh Ba, the Australian War Memorial  hosted a symposium to study various aspects of the battle. The symposium included talks by:

    Dr Peter Pedersen (Senior Historian, Military History Section, Australian War Memorial, and former CO, 5/7RAR, 1990–93)
    Ashley Ekins (Head, Military History Section, Australian War Memorial)
    Brigadier Colin Kahn DSO, Retd  (former CO, 5RAR)
    Major General Murray Blake AO MC, Retd (former OC D Company, 5RAR) and John Russell (former commander 11 Platoon, 5RAR)
    Major Barry Ryan, Retd (former platoon commander, B Company, 5RAR)
    Brigadier Alex Smith, Retd (former OC B Squadron, 1 Armoured Regiment)
    Major Ray De Vere MC OAM, Retd (former commander 3 Troop, B Squadron, 3 Cavalry Regiment)
    Dr David Hay (former tank crewman, B Squadron, 1 Armoured Regt)
    Squadron Leader Alan Adamson, Retd (former captain of Bushranger 71 HFT, 9 Squadron RAAF)
    Colonel Roger Wainwright, Retd (Chairman, Binh Ba Commemorative Planning Committee)

    The symposium began a series of commemorative events which also served as a reunion for the veterans and their families. The Battle of Binh Ba was fought from 6 to 8 June 1969. It involved the Australian Task Force’s ready reaction force of infantry soldiers, armoured personnel carriers and Centurion tanks. Intense and difficult house-to-house fighting between the Australians and forces of the North Vietnamese army and Viet Cong caused the destruction of much of the village of Binh Ba. Enemy losses were heavy; over 100 were estimated killed and nine taken prisoner. One Australian soldier, Private Wayne Teeling, was killed and 11 were wounded.

    Binh Ba 1 (40mins, MP3,40MB)
    Binh Ba 2 (39mins, MP3, 37MB)
    Binh Ba 3 (27mins, MP3, 27MB)
    Binh Ba 4 (37mins, MP3, 35MB)
    Binh Ba 5 (35mins, MP3, 32MB)
    Binh Ba 6 (7:39mins, MP3, 7MB)

Format:

  • Audio

Date:

  • Friday 5 June 2009

Speaker:

  • various