Company, Battle of Binh Ba 6 June, 1969.
Members of B Company, with armoured
support, awaiting orders to commence the assault upon the
enemy-occupied village of Duc Trung, approx 500m north of Binh Ba.
Bill O'Mara moved out from the 'Start Line' to take this photograph.
The man in the foreground with the M60 machinegun is L/Cpl Bill "Boong"
Errington, and L/Cpl Pat "Fox" Fegan is spread-eagled to the rear.
The Australians were pitted against the 1st Battalion, 33 NVA
Regiment plus the Binh Ba Guerrilla Unit who had occupied the
neighbouring villages of Binh Ba and Duc Trung. D Company was tasked
with clearing Binh Ba of the NVA and VC, whilst B Company had the
same task in Duc Trung. Both actions, known as the Battle of Binh
Ba, were fought over two days on 6 and 7 June 1969 with the villages
being finally secured on 8 June.
Enemy losses were 126 KIA for the loss of 1 Australian KIA and 8 WIA.
For more on this battle, go to: Operation Hammer
For a personal account go to: A Platoon Commander's View.
Another personal account go to:
An Account by a B Company digger
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