Category: Australian Army, Vietnam War

Categories: Australia, Vietnam War | Australian Army

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Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War began with a small commitment of 30 military advisors in 1962, and increased over the following decade to a peak of 7,672 Australian personnel following the Menzies Government's April 1965 decision to upgrade its military commitment to South Vietnam's security. By the time the last Australian personnel were withdrawn in 1972, the Vietnam War had become Australia's longest war, and was only recently surpassed by Australia's long term commitment of combat forces to the War in Afghanistan. The withdrawal of Australia's forces from South Vietnam began in November 1970, under the Gorton Government, when 8th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (8 RAR) completed its tour of duty and was not replaced. A phased withdrawal followed, and by 11th January 1973 Australian involvement in hostilities in Vietnam had ceased. Approximately 60,000 Australians served in the war; 521 were killed and more than 3,000 were wounded.

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05 Sep 1948 Terang, Victoria, Australia - 06 Jun 1970 photo
02 Jul 1943 Nyngan, New South Wales, Australia - 15 Jul 2018




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