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Rats!

© Ted Harrison
A Company
1st Tour

Author: Ted Harrison


Australian Military Vehicles in Vietnam were painted in the traditional 'Olive Drab Jungle Green'. Also painted on the doors in red was one of Australia's favourite icons ....the Kangaroo; extending the full length of the doors as an identifier that they were Australian military vehicles.

We often noticed the rural Vietnamese pointing excitedly at the doors and mumble amongst themselves. It wasn't until we asked an interpreter as to what the excitement was all about when we were told that the Vietnamese, not having seen a kangaroo before, were amazed that Australia had such large red rats. An endeavour to explain was futile.


 

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