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Posted by: Blood Rave Australian Infantryman I very recently watched an excellent documentary on youtube about the battle of Long Tan and thought that something on Australia's soldiers would be a good idea, they had experience of Jungle warfare from the Malayan crisis and Borneo and that experience was passed on in training, they were also the best prepared troops for jungle COIN operations in Vietnam. Vietnam wasn't just an American war, the Aussies played a big role too, as such they deserve coverage.
Posted on: 16/07/2013 09:01:00

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Posted by: Nick Hunter
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Joined Date: Wednesday, 8 May 2013
That's a good idea. The australians are sufficiently different from the US forces that there's scope for a book, and they're reasonably interesting in themselves.
Posted on: 16/07/2013 09:35:00
Posted by: MTG
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Joined Date: Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Id read such a title in the Warrior series. Kiwis might feel a bit left out though!
Posted on: 16/07/2013 18:48:00
Posted by: Amaral
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Joined Date: Friday, 8 March 2013
The Kiwis had a different kind of recruitment but we don't talk about Australians without the Neo-Zelandese - that's why they are called ANZAC. The Australian draft had the same impact as the American one and there were protests in the street of Sydney. Vietnam was Australia's longest war, and among its most divisive and controversial. As Professor Jeffrey Grey estated: "Australia and New Zealand were the only two Western democratic allies of the United States to send combat forces to the Vietnam War, but they did so for differing reasons, the forces committed were dissimilar in size, and the length of the commitment varied for each. Nor was the Anzac soldier's experience in Vietnam te same as his American counterpart's, and it bore no relation to the depiction of the war in many post-Vietnam War feature films." This music is iconic for the ANZAC veterans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urtiyp-G6jY
Posted on: 16/07/2013 23:00:00
Posted by: Blood Rave
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Joined Date: Friday, 10 May 2013
The ANZAC forces do deserve coverage, so I'd say an elite book on the ANZACs, alongside my proposal for the Australian infantryman would be a nice way of covering a major gap in the Vietnam books.
Posted on: 17/07/2013 04:37:00
Posted by: GI Gene
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Joined Date: Saturday, 7 February 2009
A Warrior title about an ANZAC infantryman in Vietnam would be great.
Posted on: 17/07/2013 19:31:00
Posted by: Sleepy I
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Joined Date: Tuesday, 18 June 2013
There's already an Elite book on ANZAC troops in Vietnam (Elite 103)
Posted on: 17/07/2013 22:49:00
Posted by: Sleepy I
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Joined Date: Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Oops. I thnk I misread the context. It seems you already know about that book. Apologies.
Posted on: 17/07/2013 22:55:00
Posted by: Amaral
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Joined Date: Friday, 8 March 2013
The ANZAC tactics are also worth reading.
Posted on: 18/07/2013 04:56:00
Posted by: Blood Rave
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Joined Date: Friday, 10 May 2013
Agreed on ANZAC tactics being covered, their forces had the most jungle experience, either a Raid or Campaign on Long Tan is another good suggestion, 108 ANZACs against 2500 NVA & VC, and the ANZACs held out until they were relieved, it warrants a book.
Posted on: 18/07/2013 09:57:00
Posted by: Amaral
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Joined Date: Friday, 8 March 2013
A Warrior title would be interesting because of the jungle school in Canungra and the battle drills - which the Americans lacked. The ANZAC remarks about the infantry engagements is noteworthy, and how they used their FN FAL/SLRs is of particular interest to me.
Posted on: 20/07/2013 07:29:00
Posted by: Darren
Total Posts: 52
Joined Date: Thursday, 22 March 2012
I'd definitely go for that title. Would like to see something on the Kiwi Gunners who saved the day.
Posted on: 20/07/2013 15:46:00

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