The battles for Coral and Balmoral in South Vietnam during May-June 1968 were the biggest battles that the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) was involved in during its time in SVN. They were bigger than Long Tan and with greater loss of life on both sides.
The deployment of the 1ATF can only be described as lacking both in detail planning and effective execution. I never did see the written orders, although I did find out many years later that they did exist.
On the 23rd May, OC B Coy 3RAR (Burt Irwin) was picked up by observation helicopter to fly to HQ 3RAR at FSB Coogee for orders for the next phase.
We patrolled in 2 platoon company size groups for several more days with only small contacts. What became clear was that the enemy main force units had decided to go somewhere else.