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  • Hachette Australia
  • Hachette Australia

The Vietnam Years

Michael Caulfield

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Prose: non-fiction, History, General & world history, History: specific events & topics, Military history, Vietnam War


The Vietnam War was the longest and most divisive war in Australian history. Between 1962 and 1972, 59 000 Australian men and women served there; 520 were killed and over 2 500 wounded. Many of the veterans still bear the scars - physically and mentally - from their time there.

This is the story of the Vietnam War - not a chronological military history. It was an asymmetric war and this is an asymmetric story. A patrol on the last day was the same as a patrol on the first day - what hasn't been told so far is what really happened on patrols: how men fought, died and came back damaged in some way.

It ranges from a superb and moving account of the Battle of Long Tan to the effect of a war where a man could come off a patrol in the morning - and that evening be back in Australia, discharged from the Army and drunk in the Bourbon and Beefsteak. We hear these men speak and tell of what it was really like.

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Praise for The Vietnam Years

  • In his account of the Vietnam war, Michael Caulfield quickly reveals his origins in television and film production. Its sense of perspective is fast-moving, gripping and panoramic... - Sydney Morning Herald.

  • Caulfield swings easily from the personal to the observational... - The Age.

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Michael Caulfield

Michael Caulfield has been a composer, musician and TV and film producer and director, both in Australia and overseas. He was the executive producer of the ABC TV series Australians at War. He has published two other books with Hachette.

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