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Vietnam war: Long Tan memorial erected in Australia

17 August 2012 Last updated at 22:54 BST

Of all the gruesome conflicts of the Vietnam war, the battle of Long Tan is etched deeply in Australians' memory.

On the 18 August 1966, a few hundred troops fought off thousands of Vietnamese soldiers in torrential rain.

Australian soldiers then returned to erect a cross to all the men who fell there, including the Vietnamese.

Now that cross, the battlefield original, is being displayed in Australia for the first time.

Duncan Kennedy reports.