The stunning Vietnam 1969 Combined Arms Contact Limited Edition Medallion-Centurion in the Fight from the military specialists. The Vietnam 2013 Proof Medallions are ideal for the collectors or for those seeking a special gift. Each medallion captures aspects of Harrison's painting of the Royal Australian Regiment, the 1st Armoured Regiment, the 3rd Cavalry Regiment and Air Force Hueys in a combined arms engagement to tell the story of the fight. The reverse of each medallion features the engraved Australian and South Vietnam flags. The medallion is minted from brass alloy and finished in highly polished and frosted silver. The medallion measures 50mm by 4.5mm and is enclosed in a sturdy clear protector and presented in a quality leatherette case. Only 250 medallions will be available worldwide. Comes with numbered certificate of authenticity.
Combined Arms Contact - Centurion in the fight When Australia's Centurion Tanks joined with infantry on the Vietnam battlefields they were a force multiplier to be reckoned with. Australian-modified Centurion tanks of the 1st Armoured Regiment provided massive fire power - a 20 pounder main gun, a coaxial.50 cal Browning sighting gun, and the commander's turret mounted .30 cal Browning. When the first Australian Centurions deployed in 1968 many in Defence questioned how effective these 51.8 tonne giants would be in the paddy fields and jungles, but doubts were quickly dismissed as the heavy armour proved its ability on all fronts - in defensive and offensive roles. In the 2013 artwork 'Combined Arms Contact' from which this medallion image is lifted, renowned Australian artist, Drew Harrison shows how the tanks could provide valuable cover and fire support to give advantage to infantry. The last of Australian Centurions were withdrawn from Vietnam in 1971. In all 58 Centurions served in Vietnam - most suffered battle damage, some beyond repairClick here
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