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Author Boxall, Ron, editor.

Title Vietnam Vanguard : the 5th Battalion's Approach to Counter-Insurgency, 1966 / edited by Ron Boxall and Robert O'Neill.

Publication Info. Acton, Australian Capital Territory : ANU Press, [2020]


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 Axe JSTOR Open Ebooks  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (xxvii, 456 pages) : illustrations (some color), color maps
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
text file
Access National edeposit: Available online Unrestricted online access. star AU-CaNED
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "The Vietnam War, and Australia's part in it, was a major military event, calling for willingness to face death and destruction on the battlefield on the part of those sent there, especially the men of our infantry battalions who formed the spearhead of our forces in Vietnam. For many reasons, the Australian public know relatively little about what our Army did in Vietnam during the war, particularly during the years of our peak commitment, 1965-72. This book attempts to make the true nature of the war clearer to readers, emphasising how hard fought it was during major operations. Twenty-seven of the contributing authors of this book were involved in the 1966 deployment of the 1st Australian Task Force into Phuoc Tuy Province. This formation was the first Australian Army force larger than an infantry battalion group to be deployed into a major war since World War II. 5th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment (5 RAR), was in the vanguard as the task force's first element committed to operations to seize and occupy Nui Dat base and embark on establishing dominance over the enemy. The narratives presented in this book give rare insights into thoughts of the soldiers at the time and how they have come to view the Australian Government's hurried expansion of its initial commitment to that war, the Army's state of preparedness for that wider involvement, and how those in its forefront adapted to get the job done, both in and out of operations, despite numerous shortcomings in higher level planning. Both professional soldiers and conscripted national servicemen have contributed viewpoints to these pages."
Language English.
Contents 1. The Challenge / Robert O'Neill -- 2. Why was 5 RAR Stationed at Nui Dat? / David Horner -- 3. Facing New Realities: From Holsworthy to Nui Dat / Stan Maizey -- 4. 5 RAR on Operations, May-September 1966 / Max Carroll, Peter Isaacs and Robert O'Neill -- 5. Intelligence Work in Phuoc Tuy after Long Tan / Robert O'Neill -- 6. Into the Hills: Operations Canberra and Robin -- October 1966 / Max Carroll and Peter Isaacs -- 7. Operation Queanbeyan -- October 1966: Unfinished Business from Operation Canberra / Max Carroll, Michael Deak (Michael von Berg) and Barry Campbell -- 8. A Platoon Commander's War -- Part 1 / Roger Wainwright and Terry O'Hanlon -- 9. Contact with the Enemy -- Through Soldiers' Eyes / Bob Kearney, Ted Harrison, Dan Riley and John O'Callaghan -- 10. A Platoon Commander's War -- Part 2 / John Hartley and Harry Neesham -- 11. Advisers? Activities Beyond the Battalion / Ron Boxall and Ron Bade -- 12. Fire Support: 103 Field Battery Royal Australian Artillery in Action / George Bindley, John Griggs, Peter Aspinall, Doug Heazlewood and Brian Mortimer -- 13. The Medical Problems of Operations in the Hills / Tony White and Ian McDougall -- 14. The Challenges of Air Support / Jim Campbell, Bob Supple, Bob Askew and Bill Davies -- 15. The Development of the Reconnaissance Platoon / Michael Deak (Michael von Berg) -- 16. John Warr as Commanding Officer: His Approach to the War / Max Carroll, Peter Isaacs, Michael Deak (Michael von Berg) and Mark Warr -- 17. Conclusion: The Development of a 5 RAR Approach / Robert O'Neill.
Subject Australia. Australian Army. Australian Task Force (Vietnam), 1st.
Australia. Australian Army. Australian Task Force (Vietnam), 1st. (OCoLC)fst00771442
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Participation, Australian.
Australia -- History, Military.
Counterinsurgency -- Vietnam (Republic)
Autobiography: historical, political & military.
Vietnam War.
Counterinsurgency. (OCoLC)fst00881325
Military participation -- Australian. (OCoLC)fst01353702
Australia. (OCoLC)fst01204543
Vietnam (Republic) (OCoLC)fst01274298
Vietnam War (1961-1975) (OCoLC)fst01431664
Chronological Term 1961-1975
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Military history. (OCoLC)fst01411630
Added Author O'Neill, Robert, editor.
Other Form: Print version: 1760463329
ISBN 9781760463335 (electronic bk.)
1760463337 (electronic bk.)
9781760463328 (paperback)
1760463329 (paperback)
Standard No. 10.22459/VV.2019 doi
AU@ 000066985765
AUNED 000067001380

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