On 6th June 1969 the troops of 1 Australian Task Force fought their last major urban action in Vietnam at the small rubber hamlet of Binh Ba. Up against a force of regular soldiers from the 33rd NVA Regiment and outnumbered almost three to one, the outcome was a decisive and telling victory for the Australians.
The battle has been recorded in history as armour’s greatest day, and yet controversy and uncertainty cloud many written accounts. This retelling, by one crewman of a Centurion tank at Binh Ba, sets out to shed new light on the story.
About the Author:
Dr David Hay was a national serviceman in 1968/69. As a Trooper, 1st Armoured Regiment, based in Nui Dat in 1969, David was the radio operator of Centurion tank 22 Bravo at the battle of Binh Ba. Temporarily blinded and wounded by shrapnel, he was evacuated to the 1ATF Field Hospital in Vung Tau on 6th June. David returned to Australia in December of 1969 and was demobilised in February, 1970. He returned to civilian life and tertiary studies, completing a PhD in 1981. David was a former Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO, a position he now holds in an honorary capacity. He is also a published author. David is married with two daughters, and two granddaughters.