Historical accounts and memoirs of the Vietnam War often ignore the participation of nations other than Vietnam and the United States. As a result, few Americans realize that several members of the Southeast Asian Treaty Organization (SEATO), including Australia, allied with South Vietnam during the conflict. By the late 1960s, more than eight thousand Australians were deployed in the region or providing support to the forces there.
In Team 19 in Vietnam, David Millie offers an insightful account of his twelve-month tour with the renowned Australian Army Training Team Vietnam in Quang Tri Province -- a crucial tactical site along the demilitarized zone that was North Vietnam's gateway to the south. Drawing from published and unpublished military documents, his personal diary, and the letters he wrote while deployed, Millie introduces readers to the daily routines, actions, and disappointments of a field staff officer. He discusses his interactions with province senior advisor Colonel Harley F. Mooney and Major John Shalikashvili, who would later become chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. This firsthand narrative vividly demonstrates the importance of the region and the substantial number of forces engaged there.
Few Australian accounts of the Vietnam War exist, and Millie offers a rare glimpse into the year after the Tet offensive, when Presidents Johnson and Nixon both made it clear that the U.S. would withdraw its troops. This important memoir reveals that responsibility for the catastrophe inflicted on Vietnamese civilians is shared by an international community that failed to act effectively in the face of a crisis., reviewing a previous edition or volume
Leaving Home For War May 1968The Big Picture 1950-1968Travel to and Orientation in Quang Tri, 14-24 May 1968Australian Army Advisors in the Province, May 1968-April 1969Counter Insurgency in Mai Linh Sub-Sector, May-August 1968Pacification in Mai Linh District, May-August 1968With the Vietnamese People in Quang Tri, May 1968-April 1969Transition, District to Province September 1968Sector Staff Work, the Oil and the Glue September-December 1968Pacification Campaigns, Strengthening the Spine 1968-1969Operation Fisher, Refugee Relocation at Gia Dang September-December 1968Contingency Planning for Tet 1969 January-February 196913 Sector Staff Work, the Oil and the Glue January-April 1969Operation Kangaroo, Cam Vu Resettlement December 1968-April 1969Faith at Work, May 1968-April 1969Paris Peace Talks, Ripple Effects, May 1968-April 1969Australian Leaders in South Vietnam, May 1968-April 1969The Shield in a Limited War, May 1968-April 1969Leading the Way, Colonel Harley F. Mooney August 1968-April 1969
"Contains a wealth of organization and operational detail -- a real boon for a researcher of the subject area." -- Lieutenant Colonel John A. Hixson, USA (Ret.)
"Millie has given us penetrating insights into the ARVN side of the Vietnam war, and into Australia's unique contribution." -- John Mort, The VVA Veteran
"Australian troops in Vietnam were renowned for their professionalism, and this is reflected in Millie's systematic literary approach. The result is a worthy addition to the multiple insights into the Vietnam experience, here ably presented from one Aussie's well-considered perspective." -- Vietnam Magazine
"[...] Millie's account is laced with accounts of his personal experiences and observations during his tour in the field, workingwith American and Vietnamese officials. [...]
[...]The book addresses issues pertinent to today's military and political decision makers who are confronted with today's political-military battlefields. The book could with little difficulty be used in the classroom as a source of case studies on problems in nation building. [...]Anyone interested in the Vietnam War or nation building in general should read this book." -- Journal of America's Military Past