ANZAC Order of Battle Vietnam


Order of Battle - Arrivals & Departures

Submitted by Richard A. Rinaldi © 1999


Note: Unlike the United States, the Australians rotated whole units rather than individuals   

DATE ACTION FORMATION UNITS & NOTES
25-May-65 Arrival US 173 Bde 1st Bn R Austr Rgt
21-Jul-65 Arrival US 173 NZ 161st Art Bty
14-Sep-65 Arrival US 173 Bde 105th Fd Bty RAA, 1st APC Troop (formally 1 Troop, A Squadron, 4th/19th Prince of Wales Light Horse)
31-Mar-66 Departure US 173 Abn 105th Fd Bty RAA
01-Apr-66 Arrival 1 ATF HQ 1st Austr TF; 5th and 6th Bns R Austr Rgt; 1st Fd Regt RAA (- one bty) (note 1); 1st APC Sqn [absorbed 1st Troop]: later A Sqn/3rd Cav; 1st Fd Sqn RAE (- one troop); 3rd SAS Sqn (- one troop)
?-Apr-66 Arrival 1 ATF 9th [Helicopter] Sqn RAAF (UH-1) arrived in Apr
14-Jun-66 Departure 1 ATF 1st Bn R Austr Rgt
15-Jan-67 Status 1 ATF 1st APC Sqn redesignated A Sqn/3rd Cav
02-Mar-67 Arrival 1 ATF 2nd and 7th Bns R Austr Regt; 4th Fd Regt RAA (- one bty) (note 2); 1st SAS Sqn (- one troop)
11-May-67 Arrival 1 ATF "V" Coy (1st Battalion RNZIR)
05-Jul-67 Departure 1 ATF 5th and 6th Bns R Austr Regt; 1st Fd Regt RAA (- one bty); 3rd SAS Sqn (- one troop)
01-Dec-67 Status 1 ATF 1st Fd Sqn RAE completed
12-Dec-67 Arrival 1 ATF 3rd Bn R Austr Regt
17-Dec-67 Arrival 1 ATF "W" Coy (1st Battalion RNZIR) ([formed ANZAC Bn with "V" NZ Inf Coy and an Australian coy] (note 3)
19-Jan-68 Arrival 1 ATF 1st Bn R Austr Regt (second tour)
29-Jan-68 Arrival 1 ATF 4th Bn R Austr Regt; 12th Fd Regt RAA (- one bty) (note 4); C Sqn/1st Armd Regt; 2nd SAS Sqn (- one troop)
18-Feb-68 Departure 1 ATF 1st SAS Sqn (- one troop)
26-Apr-68 Departure 1 ATF 7th Bn R Austr Regt
28-May-68 Departure 1 ATF 4th Fd Regt RAA (- one bty)
18-Jun-68 Departure 1 ATF 2nd Bn R Austr Regt
05-Nov-68 Arrival 1 ATF 9th Bn R Austr Regt
05-Dec-68 Departure 1 ATF 3rd Bn R Austr Regt
28-Jan-69 Arrival 1 ATF 5th Bn R Austr Regt (second tour)
03-Feb-69 Arrival 1 ATF 3rd SAS Sqn (- one troop) (second tour)
10-Feb-69 Departure 1 ATF C Sqn/1st Armd Regt
11-Feb-69 Arrival 1 ATF B Sqn/1st Armd Regt
25-Feb-69 Arrival 1 ATF 1st Fd Regt RAA (second tour) (note 5)
28-Feb-69 Departure 1 ATF 1st Bn R Austr Regt
04-Mar-69 Departure 1 ATF 2nd SAS Sqn (- one troop)
11-Mar-69 Departure 1 ATF 12th Fd Regt RAA (- one bty)
07-May-69 Arrival 1 ATF 6th Bn R Austr Regt (second tour)
12-May-69 Departure 1 ATF A Sqn/3rd Cav
13-May-69 Arrival 1 ATF B Sqn/3rd Cav
30-May-69 Departure 1 ATF 4th Bn R Austr Regt
18-Nov-69 Arrival 1 ATF 8th Bn R Austr Regt
05-Dec-69 Departure 1 ATF 9th Bn R Austr Regt
22-Dec-69 Departure 1 ATF B Sqn/1st Armd Regt
23-Dec-69 Arrival 1 ATF A Sqn/1st Armd Regt
03-Feb-70 Arrival 1 ATF 1st SAS Sqn (- one troop) (second tour)
10-Feb-70 Arrival 1 ATF 7th Bn R Austr Regt (second tour)
20-Feb-70 Departure 1 ATF 3rd SAS Sqn (- one troop)
24-Feb-70 Arrival 1 ATF 4th Fd Regt RAA (second tour) (note 6)
05-Mar-70 Departure 1 ATF 5th Bn R Austr Regt
28-Apr-70 Arrival 1 ATF 2nd Bn R Austr Regt (second tour)
10-May-70 Departure 1 ATF 1st Fd Regt RAA
28-May-70 Departure 1 ATF 6th Bn R Austr Regt
01-Nov-70 Departure 1 ATF "V" NZ Inf Coy withdrawn Nov 1970
12-Nov-70 Departure 1 ATF 8th Bn R Austr Regt
16-Dec-70 Departure 1 ATF A Sqn/1st Armd Regt
17-Dec-70 Arrival 1 ATF C Sqn/1st Armd Regt (second tour)
06-Jan-71 Departure 1 ATF B Sqn/3rd Cav
07-Jan-71 Arrival 1 ATF A Sqn/3rd Cav (second tour)
27-Jan-71 Arrival 1 ATF 12th Fd Regt RAA (second tour) (note 7)
12-Feb-71 Arrival 1 ATF 3rd Bn R Austr Regt (second tour)
18-Feb-71 Arrival 1 ATF 2nd SAS Sqn (- one troop) (second tour)
  Departure 1 ATF 1st SAS Sqn (- one troop)
01-Mar-71 Departure 1 ATF NZ 161st Art Bty withdrawn Mar 1971
10-Mar-71 Departure 1 ATF 7th Bn R Austr Regt
18-Mar-71 Departure 1 ATF 4th Fd Regt RAA
01-May-71 Arrival 1 ATF 4th Bn R Austr Regt (second tour)
04-Jun-71 Departure 1 ATF 2nd Bn R Austr Regt
30-Sep-71 Departure 1 ATF C Sqn/1st Armd Regt
15-Oct-71 Departure 1 ATF 2nd SAS Sqn (- one troop)
19-Oct-71 Departure 1 ATF 3rd Bn R Austr Regt
18-Nov-71 Departure 1 ATF 1st Fd Sqn RAE
01-Dec-71 Departure 1 ATF "W" NZ Inf Coy withdrawn at the end of 1971; 9th [Helicopter] Sqn RAAF withdrew in Dec 1971
20-Dec-71 Departure 1 ATF 12th Fd Regt RAA
12-Mar-72 Departure 1 ATF HQ 1st ATF; 4th Bn R Austr Regt; A Sqn/3rd Cav

NOTES

Note 1: 101st and 103rd Field Btys RAA.

Note 2: 106th and 108th Field Btys RAA.

Note 3: Per Stanton, but this “Anzac” Bn not otherwise accounted for.  6th Bn RAR served as the Anzac Bn its second tour (May 1969-May 1970), and the 2nd and 4th Bns RAR may have served in the same capacity during one of their tours.

Note 4: 102nd and 104th Field Btys RAA.

Note 5: Now with 101st and 105th Field Btys RAA.

Note 6: Now with 106th and 107th Field Btys RAA.

Note 7: Now with “A” and 104th Field Btys RAA.


SEE ALSO

Schematic, 1st Australian Task Force Order of Battle, December 1966

Detailed and extensive Australian Order of Battle for Vietnam 1962 - 1972


SOURCES

Stanton, Shelby L. Vietnam Order of Battle. Washington, DC: U.S. News Books, 1981.

Weller, Jac. Fire and Movement: Bargain-Basement Warfare in the Far East. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1967.


 

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