Vietnam: The Australian War

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HarperCollins Australia, Jan 1, 2010 - History - 768 pages
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For the first time this is the full story of Australia's involvement in our longest military campaign 'Surely God weeps,' an Australian soldier wrote in despair of the conflict in Vietnam. But no God intervened to shorten the years of carnage and devastation in this most controversial of wars. the ten-year struggle in the rice paddies and jungles of South Vietnam unleashed the most devastating firepower on the Vietnamese nation, visiting terrible harm on both civilians and soldiers.Yet the Australian experience was very different from that of the Americans. Guided by their commanders' knowledge of jungle combat, Australian troops operated with stealth, deception and restraint to pursue a 'better war'. In reconstructing for the first time the full history of our longest military campaign, Paul Ham draws on hundreds of accounts by soldiers, politicians, aid workers, entertainers and the Vietnamese people. From the commitment to engage, through the fight over conscription and the rise of the anti-war movement, to the tactics and horror of the battlefield, Ham exhumes the truth about this politicians' war - which sealed the fate of 50,000 Australian servicemen and women. More than 500 Australian soldiers were killed and thousands wounded. those who made it home returned to a hostile and ignorant country and a reception that scarred them forever. this is their story.

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Must read for all Aussies!
Excellent historical information with plenty of detail re the nature (despicable) of surrounding politics.

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An excellant read for all the younger readers should read it as it might help them understand why we have wars and what starts them.


Chapter 30The air war
Chapter 31The press offensive
Chapter 32Body count
Chapter 33A politicians war
Part SixWHAM
Chapter 34Australian Viet Cong
Chapter 35Accelerated pacification
Chapter 36Binh Ba

Chapter 7Enter the Americans
Part TwoFirst contacts
Chapter 8The quiet Australian
Chapter 9The Team
Chapter 10The Montagnard chief
Chapter 111st Battalion RoyalAustralian Regiment
Chapter 12The Iron Triangle
Chapter 13Cu Chi
Part ThreeThe Australian province
Chapter 14Nashos
Chapter 15To Nui Dat
Chapter 16The village
Chapter 17Long Tanwarnings
Chapter 18Long Tanaction
Chapter 19Long Tanaftermath
Part FourAll the way
Chapter 20with LBJ
Chapter 21Draft dodgers
Chapter 22RR
Chapter 23February 1967
Chapter 24The minefield
Chapter 25The hamlet without a soul
Chapter 26To January 1968
Part FiveThe Year of the Monkey
Chapter 27The Tet Offensive
Chapter 28Coral
Chapter 29Balmoral
Chapter 37Vietnamisation
Part SevenHomecoming
Chapter 38Morale
Chapter 39Moratorium
Chapter 40Platoon
Chapter 41Last days
Chapter 42Babykillers
Part EightEndings
Chapter 43The North invades
Chapter 44The fall of Saigon
Chapter 45Cabramatta
Chapter 46Agents Orange Purple WhiteGreen Pink Blue
Chapter 47Totally and permanentlyincapacitated
Chapter 48Welcome home
Chapter 49borne back ceaselesslyinto the past
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Appendix 4
About The Author
About the Publisher

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About the author (2010)

Paul Ham is the author of many highly acclaimed histories, including KOKODA, VIETNAM, SANDAKAN, 1914 and PASSCHENDAELE. He was born and educated in Australia and lives in Paris, having spent several years working in Britain as a journalist and publisher.

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