Australia's Battlefields in Viet Nam
A traveller's guide
by Gary McKay
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Being there 30 years on, standing on the fields of conflict, it all came rushing back. The good bits and the bad bits. But it left me with a feeling of comradeship and pride. I was glad that I made the journey.
In 1971 Gary McKay was an Australian platoon commander in what was then South Viet Nam and was seriously wounded in one of Australia s major battles of the Viet Nam War. In 2002 he returned to Viet Nam and retraced the steps of the men who had gone before and after him, from 1965 to the end of the war in 1972, in what was Australia s longest lasting war.
Now, in this book, Gary McKay presents an essential guide to the battlefields in Viet Nam for today s traveller. He provides practical tips on how to get to each site, what to look for and how to avoid the pitfalls of journeying in Viet Nam. Along the way, he chronicles the major battles fought by the 1st Australian Task Force, accompanied by gripping narratives of the actions.
Illustrated with photos and maps, this book is a must for Australian travellers to Viet Nam who want to learn more about the conflict that cost so many lives on both sides.
- Allen & Unwin, October 2003
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