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Crossfire: An Australian Reconnaissance Unit In Vietnam

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In 1966 a group of 28 soldiers was chosen to form Australia's first specialist Reconnaissance Platoon in the Vietnam War. One of this platoon's section commanders was a 20-year-old regular soldier called Bob Kearney, who led a series of deadly patrols while the First Australian Task Force established its headquarters in South Vietnam. Operating in isolation and extreme dan ...more
Published September 1st 2001 by New Holland Australia(AU)
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Campbell Mcaulay
In 1966 Robert "Dogs" Kearney travelled to Viet Nam with the Royal Australian Regiment, a largely conscripted unit of National Servicemen ("Nashos"). The Australian Task Force was deployed in the south of the country and operated more or less independently against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army. Kearney eventually joined the recconnaisance platoon and, with his mates, operated deep in the jungle in uncomfortable and frequently hair-raising conditions.

I wonder how many people realise tha
Excellent insight into the Australian soldier during the Vietnam War, told in a very up-front way. Now I know why my Dad doesn't talk about it much. My thanks go to the authors for taking the time and effort to publish their stories.
Kevin G

Haran does a great job of getting the balance right with a book that conveys the horror and fear as well as the humour and close friendship of combat. A must read for combat history reader...
Not bad. A bit slow in places and could do with some polishing.
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Peter joined the army in 1966 and first served in Vietnam, at age 19, from May 1967 to June 1968. He was one of Australia's first tracking dog handlers and wrote of his experiences in his book Trackers. After two years as a dog trainer with the Army's Tracking Unit in Sydney Peter served a second tour in Vietnam from Feb 1971 to Oct 1971. He left the army in 1972 and was a reporter for Adelaide’s ...more
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