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    Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War

    The Aussies were some very tough soldiers who shunned creature comforts and lived in the bush during extended patrols. They were feared by the VC, the NVA, the Pathet Lao and communist foreign advisors. I worked with several Australian units prepping helicopter insertions. Very professional soldiers.

    The Vietnam War was the longest twentieth century conflict in which Australians participated ; it involved some 60,000 personnel and grew from a limited initial commitment of 30 military advisers in 1962 to include a battalion in 1965 and finally, in 1966, a task force. Each of the three services was involved, but the dominant role was played by the Army. After the cessation of combat operations in 1972, a limited number of Australian personnel remained in Vietnam, and elements of the RAAF returned in 1975, carrying out evacuations and assisting refugees almost until the moment of South Vietnam's surrender.

    In the early years Australia’s participation in the war was not widely opposed. But as the commitment grew, as conscripts began to make up a large percentage of those being deployed and killed, and as the public increasingly came to believe that the war was being lost, opposition grew until, in the early 1970s, more than 200,000 people marched in the streets of Australia’s major cities in protest.
    By this time the United States Government had embarked on a policy of ‘Vietnamisation’ - withdrawing its own troops from the country while passing responsibility for the prosecution and conduct of the war to South Vietnamese forces. Australia too was winding down its commitment and the last combat troops came home in March 1972. The RAAF, however, sent personnel back to Vietnam in 1975 to assist in evacuations and humanitarian work during the war's final days. Involvement in the war cost more than 500 Australian servicemen their lives, while some 3,000 were wounded, otherwise injured or were victims of illness.
    The South Vietnamese fought on for just over three years before the capital, Saigon, fell to North Vietnamese forces in April 1975, bringing an end to the war which by then had spilled over into neighbouring Cambodia and Laos. Millions lost their lives, millions more were made refugees and the disaster that befell the region continues to reverberate today. For Australia the Vietnam War was the cause of the greatest social and political dissent since the conscription referenda of the First World War.
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    LOL, we had to help the aussies from being bombed from Japan. We actually had to send troops over there because they couldn't protect one little city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    LOL, we had to help the aussies from being bombed from Japan. We actually had to send troops over there because they couldn't protect one little city.
    What in the fuck does that have to do with the OP???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    What in the fuck does that have to do with the OP???
    That aussies are not tough soldiers duh.

    They are like Canadians. Everything they have was given to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    That aussies are not tough soldiers duh.

    They are like Canadians. Everything they have was given to them.
    What the fuck do you know about Canada? lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    LOL, we had to help the aussies from being bombed from Japan. We actually had to send troops over there because they couldn't protect one little city.
    That is because most of their army was fighting Rommel in North Africa...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    That aussies are not tough soldiers duh.

    They are like Canadians. Everything they have was given to them.
    Upon what do you base such a thoroughly assinine and uninfomed opinion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourne View Post
    Upon what do you base such a thoroughly assinine and uninfomed opinion?

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    His own ignorance and stupidity...

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    By the end of the war, almost a million Australians had served in the armed forces, whose military units fought primarily in the European theatre, North African campaign, and the South West Pacific theatre. In addition, Australia came under direct attack for the first time in its post-colonial history. Its casualties from enemy action during the war were 27,073 killed and 23,477 wounded.[1]
    Australian Army units were gradually withdrawn from the Mediterranean and Europe following the outbreak of war with Japan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    That aussies are not tough soldiers duh.

    They are like Canadians. Everything they have was given to them.
    Oh please, you're a professional college student and video game player.
    You've never served, you don't know jack-shit about tough, military of otherwise.
    You're a kid with a big mouth, that's about it.
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