Operation Coburg
12 - 24 February 1968
Operation Coburg was a Task Force operation involving two battalions north east and east of the Long
Binh-Bien Hoa complex (near Saigon).  W Company was initially placed under operational control of 3rd
Battalion Royal Australian Regiment for reconnaissance in force operations. The preceding week had
seen the commencement of the 1968 Tet Offensive and the task force were deployed across enemy
exfiltration routes from the Bien Hoa areas which had been under heavy attack during Tet.
During this operation the Company had three contacts, the most significant on 15 February was with 12
to 15 Viet Cong. Two Viet Cong were killed, one wounded, and a weapon and pack recovered, with no
friendly casualties.  However, a day earlier, a member of the Company returning from patrol was
wounded by friendly fire as he approached the company base through thick undergrowth.

On 24 February, while on the move to secure a new Fire Support Base for 3 RAR, orders were
received to return to a known Landing Zone (LZ) to be uplifted by helicopter for return to Nui Dat to
prepare for another operation with the ANZAC Battalion.  This was perhaps fortunate as the Fire
Support Base, the Company was on its way to secure, came under heavy attack a few nights later and
the perimeter was breached with heavy friendly casualties.