Battles of Coral and Balmoral 50 years pre-paid envelope
This pre-paid envelope commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Battles of Coral and Balmoral, which were particularly significant for Australia during the Vietnam War.Read more
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This pre-paid envelope (110mm x 220mm) commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Battles of Coral and Balmoral, which were particularly significant for Australia during the Vietnam War.
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In May 1968, Fire Support Base Coral was established 20 kilometres north of Bien Hoa. Its purpose was to cover foot patrols and to intercept the route of the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong withdrawing from their assaults on Saigon. Within hours of the Australians establishing Coral on 12 May, the hastily prepared perimeter was attacked by the North Vietnamese, who overran several positions. In the desperate close-quarters fighting that ensued, the Australians were able to drive the North Vietnamese back with the assistance of mortar and artillery fire. The base was heavily attacked a second time on the night of 15–16 May, while less intense assaults occurred in the following weeks, and clashes also occurred during patrols into the surrounding territory.
Later in the month, the North Vietnamese turned their focus to Fire Support Base Balmoral, established by the Australians 4.5 kilometres to the north. As at Coral, the North Vietnamese attacked Balmoral shortly after its establishment, on 24–25 May. The weight of Australian firepower strengthened by the arrival of tanks enabled the Australians to repel the assault. A further incursion on 28 May was dealt with similarly, inflicting heavy losses on the attackers. By 6 June, the assaults had ceased in a battle that was costly for both sides.
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