Nui Dat

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Nui Dat
Nui Dat is located in Vietnam
Nui Dat
Nui Dat
Location in Vietnam
Coordinates: 10°33′25″N 107°13′20″E / 10.55694°N 107.22222°E / 10.55694; 107.22222Coordinates: 10°33′25″N 107°13′20″E / 10.55694°N 107.22222°E / 10.55694; 107.22222
Country  Vietnam
Province Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province
District Bà Rịa
Time zone UTC+7 (UTC+7)

Nui Dat (Núi Đất) is the former name for a part of Ba Ria city now in Ba Ria–Vung Tau province, Vietnam. It is not the name of an official ward, it just means "clay hill" (núi đất).

Vietnam War[edit]

In 1966, when the area was part of the then Phuoc Tuy Province it was the location of a prominent Australian military base in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The site was chosen by Lieutenant General John Wilton in 1966 and was built mainly by men from the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment.[1] The occupation of Nui Dat required the removal of all inhabitants from within a 4,000-metre (4,400 yd) radius of the base in order to ensure the security of the facility. Ultimately this policy—which was an unusual step among allied bases in Vietnam—required the resettlement of the villages of Long Tan, with a population of 1000, and Long Phuoc, with a population of 3000. Both villages were subsequently destroyed; a task which was complete by July 1966.[2] After the withdrawal of Australian forces in December 1972, the base was "stripped bare".[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ham 2007, p. 188.
  2. ^ McNeill 1993, pp. 240–241.
  3. ^ Guest & McNeill 1992, p. 174.

References[edit]

  • Guest, Robert; McNeill, Ian (1992). The Team in Pictures: A Pictorial History of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam, 1962–1972. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: National Executive, Australian Army Training Team Vietnam Association. ISBN 9780646104447. 
  • Ham, Paul (2007). Vietnam: The Australian War. Sydney: Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0-7322-8237-0. 
  • McNeill, Ian (1993). To Long Tan: The Australian Army and the Vietnam War 1950–1966. St Leonards: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86373-282-9. 

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