March 7, 2017

A Pictorial History Of The Brown Water War In Vietnam by Riverine

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We clambered out to find ourselves in one of a series of dry paddy fields about fifty by fifty metres with a raised bund of about knee height dividing them. All very dry and exposed but with a picture book village, complete with temple and surrounded by tall bamboo a few hundred meters away. This was reinforced when a couple of shots went over our heads and two columns of men in black suits started running out towards us from the village. The next thing I saw was Healy who had raced back into the helicopter and unscrewed, or tore out, the machine gun mounted in its waist.

Many were excellent and had plenty of combat experience. Some were posted to Hiep Khanh after convalescing from wounds received on operations. ) On arrival we were placed with our US allies in the various committees. I do not wish to be critical of them, as it transpired that they had little training or warning before being sent to South Viet Nam to do the advisory job. Their attitudes and opinions of all things Vietnamese and French were derogatory. Our arrival actually coincided with the last week of the 12-week training cycle, which was the preparation, rehearsing for an elaborate series of displays, including fire power and battle assault courses and a formal graduation parade.

Twenty Civil Guard companies had been trained at the centre during AATTV’s period there. QX5 19/7/05 2:04 PM Page 43 Bookhouse DOOM AND GLOOM 43 In 1964 when Australia Day was coming up we talked to the Yanks about a mixed grill and they had no idea what we were talking about. So we decided that for Australia Day we would have a mixed grill and we sent a young captain, a captain for goodness sake, all the way to Hong Kong. And his job was to get a whole heap of Kangaroo Tail soup and as much Australian beer as he could find.

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