Battle of Suoi Bong Trang

The Battle of Suoi Bong Trang (23–24 January 1966) was a major action during the Vietnam War fought between US and Australian troops, and the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army. The battle occurred during Operation Rolling Stone, a major American security operation to protect engineers building a tactically important road in the vicinity of Tan Binh, in central Binh Duong Province, 30 kilometres (19 mi) northwest of Bien Hoa airbase. During the fighting the US 1st Infantry Brigade and the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR), which was attached for the operation, fought off a night-time regiment-sized Viet Cong assault with massed firepower from artillery and tanks, inflicting heavy casualties on the communists and forcing them to withdraw by morning. However, the Americans and Australians made no attempt to pursue the Viet Cong as they withdrew, instead focusing on securing the battlefield and evacuating their own casualties. After being repulsed, the Viet Cong attempted to avoid further contact, although they did continue to harass the American sappers with occasional sniper and mortar fire. These tactics proved ineffective, and the road was complete by 2 March.