For all of us who were in Vietnam in 1968, it is hard to believe that this year 2018, we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the battles of Coral and Balmoral. Our main Memorabilia cabinet is dedicated to these two important battles that went on against the North Vietnamese Army and the VC (Viet Cong) from early May until the end of June 1968.
It was the Australian Troops costliest battle with (23) troops losing their lives, many more were wounded, and the battles were bigger than the battle at “Long Tan”. In this exhibition, there are direct photographs taken at Coral and Balmoral, along with a North Vietnamese mannequin in a North Vietnamese Army uniform, and a VC outfit.
An Australian Infantry soldier is represented along with a “Huey” Helicopters original uniform. “C” Squadron 1st Armoured Regiment, which played an important part at both Fire Support Bases, is represented by a huge Centurion Battle Tank, as is 102 Field Battery with a model of the famous 25 pounder. History will show that Artillery records recorded the sustained attack on Coral was the biggest since the Pacific war.
Box Hill RSL encourages both our members and the general public to view this comprehensive display.
Brian Tateson – Memorabilia Box Hill RSL.