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First to Fight: Australian Diggers, N. Z. Kiwis & U. S. Paratroopers in Vietnam, 1965-66 Bob Breen

First to Fight: Australian Diggers, N. Z. Kiwis & U. S. Paratroopers in Vietnam, 1965-66

Bob Breen

Published February 28th 1989
ISBN : 9780898391268
Hardcover
332 pages
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This is the story of an Australian battalion which fought as part of a unique US Airborne Brigade, a formation which spearheaded the escalation of American intervention in Vietnam, and which became the first and last truly integrated ANZUS combatMoreThis is the story of an Australian battalion which fought as part of a unique US Airborne Brigade, a formation which spearheaded the escalation of American intervention in Vietnam, and which became the first and last truly integrated ANZUS combat force to fight in war. It is the action-packed tale of the American, Australian, and New Zealand soldiers who were sent into battle to keep the Viet Cong off balance, to buy time for other Allied units to deploy, to be General Westmorelands strategic fire brigade during the summer monsoon offensives of 1965. It tells of soldiering under the demanding circumstances of being the first to fight on a large scale against cunning opponents secure in their jungle sanctuaries and secure in their control of the surrounding population. The Paratroopers, Diggers and Kiwis of this Brigade were the first Allied formation into the infamous War Zone D, the first into the booby-trap infested iron Triangle, the first to face the North Vietnamese in the Central Highlands, the first into the Ho Bo Woods where they discovered the tunnels of Cu Chi. In First to Fight they tell of their experiences during this gruelling tour of duty. The tactics of this Brigade set the pattern for American and Australian infantry operations for the remainder of the war. The contrasts between the gung ho firepower style of the Paratroopers and the predatory style of the Diggers were to shape their relations until the end.