Good Reading : October 2006
coffee table VIETNAM: AUSTRALIA’S TEN YEAR WAR 1962–1972 by Richard Pelvin is published by Hardie Grant Books, rrp $59.95. Photographs and captions reproduced with permission of the publisher and the Australian War Memorial. After its inhabitants were resettled in 1967 the village of Xa Bang was destroyed. Sapper Les Carruthers uses a mine detector to search for booby traps that may have been left by the Viet Cong at the village. Sapper John Todd stands guard. Four members of the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps from 8 Field Ambulance in a Vung Tau street. Vung Tau was where the logistic support for the task force was established. On 18 August 1969, the third anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, a commemorative service was held and a memorial cross erected on the site of the battle by 6RAR/NZ. On either side of the memorial cross are men who served in 6RAR’s first tour and who fought at Long Tan. Sailors inspect the damage to the 5- inch gun on the bow of HMAS Brisbane after a shell burst in the barrel during a fir- ing mission on 22 July 1969. Brisbane spent the following 15 days on the gunline with only one gun operational before retiring to Subic Bay for repairs.