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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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Vietnam: The Australian War
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December 16th, 2014
This number reminds me think on my Vietnamesedeath's civilians at this battle. Anyway, at the moment, thoung all these sadness were passed, i was always remember it
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Vietnam - An Australian war, by Paul
April 3rd, 2014
For anyone wanting to fully understand not only Australia's involvment in the Vietnam conflict, but to also understand Vietnam and its peoples, I highly recommend this book by Paul Ham. To look at the Vietnam War with a knowledge of the Vietnamese people and their desires, and to be aware of the suppression suffered under previous "liberators" gives the reader a totally different view of the whole scene. It may be about 45 years on from the event but Paul's account is just as relevant today as it could ever be. Superb.
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