Vietnam isn't a particulary popular war now as it was back then but yesterday we looked back 40 years to one of few victories in the early stages of the conflict Basically one Australian company (108) successfully defended themselves and mauled an entire VC regiment (2,500) that ambushed them. 250 VC killed to only 18 Australian. Some huge acts of bravery took place including the vital re-supply drop of ammunition by a RAAF helicopter with the knowledge that enemy troops would be within 20m of when they landed. Here's a source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Long_Tan Although Australia did not send nearly as many troops as the US or Sth Korea, and was stationed in relatively quiet sectors, they were there from the very start with military advisors to the end with large RAAF carrier fighter/bomber squadrons What is also important is that our Prime Minister just declared an apology on behalf of all Australians to the veterans as they did not receive the respect they deserved when they returned. Vietnam was the only war in which Australia introduced conscription, and will hopefully be the last
Interesting, you don't often hear about the non-American side of Vietnam.
Very intresting read indeed! Tbh i didnt realy know anything about vietnam. And i also didnt know australians fought there, Witch country fought in vietnam exapct americans?
Well, the South Vietnamese for one...I believe the South Koreans also had a pretty large presence there (mainly support troops). The Philippines and Thailand also had a number of troops involved (the Thais mainly by providing logistical support for US air bases in Thailand), as did New Zealand.
People forget that South Vietnam was essentially a creation of SEATO through the Geneva Conference of 1954, and thus, many SEATO signatories had interests in keeping it non-Communist.
I think Vietnam is interesting both for its military campaigns but also all the political implications of fighting there. Always fun to see how the US historians try and argue that it was a win for them, both in holywood and their history books. In many ways you could even make comparisons there as to the modern conflict in Iraq. Anyway, glad you enjoyed