Delta Four: Australian Riflemen in Vietnam

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Allen & Unwin, 1998 - Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - 313 pages
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This book tells the story of one of the last groups of Australian riflemen who served in the Vietnam War.

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The Steak and Kidney
It Hits the Fan
Relationships Command and Leadership
Back to Reality
The Allies
The Cong
After the Blood Cools

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Page 80 - offensive school' of French strategists before the First World War - is essentially a moral conflict. It requires, if it is to take place, a mutual and sustained act of will by two contending parties, and if it is to result in a decision, the moral collapse of one of them.
Page 228 - Just as tall trees are known by their shadows, so are good men known by their enemies.
Page 115 - How clear then is the course for the successful leader — inflexible in discipline, arousing and fostering in his command pride and esprit, till finally they have acquired a morale that makes his men believe themselves invincible. Discipline is then not the end, but a means to an end — the end that each man shall be imbued with a spirit of loyalty to leader and to organization, which will result in unity and promptness of action in instant response to the will of the leader. MILITARY TRAINING.
Page 123 - It is of first importance that the soldier, high or low, should not have to encounter in war things which, seen for the first time, set him in terror or perplexity." That is the desired goal— to shed such a strong light in training that it will dispel much of the darkness of battle's night. We have the word of the nineteenth century's great military thinker that it can be done. It remains a hope for those of us who weigh the military problem of the...
Page 18 - I ever spent on that ship. It was absolutely deathly silent. You could have dropped a pin as far as I was concerned; we all just lay there and I remember laying there, on the bunk and waiting for the Captain to come through and do his inspection or whatever it was at that time, and just looking around and it was deathly silent. People must have just been thinking.
Page xii - When the US destroyers Maddox and C. Turner Joy were attacked by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin...
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Page 37 - As mentioned earlier, the point man, the rifleman whose job it was to be the eyes and ears of the...

About the author (1998)

Gary McKay served as a rifle platoon commander in Viet Nam and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. His time in Viet Nam was the basis of his bestselling 'In Good Company: One Man's War in Vietnam'. His second book, 'Vietnam Fragments', recently re-released as 'Bullets, Beans and Bandages' is an invaluable oral history of Australia's war in Viet Nam. 'Delta Four', another bestseller, exposes the inner workings of a rifle company, giving the soldier's viewpoint of those aspects of war-fighting not found in the training pamphlets. His latest book, 'All Guts + No Glory', was written with Bob Buick and recounts Buick's experiences as a platoon sergeant in Viet Nam and in Australia's most famous battle at Long Tan. After almost 30 years military service, Gary retired from the army. He lives in Jervis Bay, NSW and currently works as a freelance historian and non-fiction writer.

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