A DUTY DONE
A History of the Royal Australian
Vietnam War 1965-1972
Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Fred Fairhead
by The Royal Australian Regiment Association SA Inc.
13 Beatty Street, Linden Park,
SA 5068 Email:
Commemorate the 41st Anniversary of the end of the
Vietnam War for the Regiment.
Photograph Troops from 5 Platoon,
B Company, 7th
Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment in a Helicopter
extraction from near the fishing village of Lang Phuoc
Hai on 26 August 1967. The troops are wearing ‘Patrol
Order’ as the operation was a one-day Cordon and Search
of Lang Phuoc Hai.
(Australian War Memorial
Negative No: EKN/67/0130/VN)
The book describes
some fifty major operations each with
accompanying maps and sketches and
covering all of the sixteen Battalion tours
of duty in Vietnam – from 1RAR in 1965 to
4RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Battalion’s last operations
Some comments by
those who have read it:
This book should
become required reading and study at the
Australian Defence Force Academy, the Royal
Military College and Infantry Corps courses.
Brigadier (Retd) Laurie Lewis, ex 9RAR.
The book will
reach out to future generations and provide
a clear, accurate and proud account of
soldiering as it was during the Vietnam
Brigadier (Retd) George
Mansford, ex 6RAR.
and supported by superb maps and extensive
photographs and appendices , it gives a
detailed insight into each operation. It is
a testimony to the courage of those who
Chris Roberts, former Commanding Officer
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