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Brave Lads: 3RAR in South Vietnam


 
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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 534 pages
Author: M. English
Year: 2008
Other Data: b&w photos, nominal rolls, appendixes, indexes
ISBN: 9780980567403

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'Brave Lads' is a long-awaited unit history that fills a gap in the Australian military experience in South Vietnam.

The Third Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR) first served in Vietnam in 1968 and later had a second tour of duty in 1971.

In 1968 3RAR was based at Phuoc Tuy Province but also operated outside their area of operation as the need dictated. The until fought in the Tet Offensive in early 1968 and later operated in the Long Hai Hills where it sustained many casualties as a result of mines.

In May-June of that year, the battalion successfully held off several determined enemy attacks at Fire Support Base 'Balmoral', and with the Australian military commitment at its height, the battalion continued its active patrolling and ambushing at a high level of activity.

The loss of men due to illness or wounds, or for any other reason, were not usually replaced, which placed a strain on those soldiers still serving on operation. In the second tour (1971) the battalion again encountered problems but despite that, the unit showed a high degree of professionalism in its actions against an ever-aggressive and sometimes elusive enemy.

This history pays tribute to the Brave Lads of 3RAR in their tumultuous year in Vietnam where hard work and ever-present danger, were constant companions.

This is actually a compilation of two books in one. The first title "Brave Lads" is a new publication, the second "The Riflemen: A History of the 3RAR Second Tour of Duty in Vietnam" was first published in 1999.

BOOK 1: BRAVE LADS: The 3RAR TOUR OF DUTY IN SOUTH VIETNAM 1967-1968
Contents:
Illustrations, Maps and Diagrams
Acknowledgments
Foreword
Preface
1. Commitment
2. Old Faithful's Origins
4. Settling In
5. The Enemy
6. First Action
7. Action Continues
8. A Taste in the Big League
9. Walking on Eggshells
10. Another Out-of-Province Operation
11. Digging in at Balmoral
12. An All-Arms Action
13. Denying the Enemy Access
14. Company Operations
15. Reconnaissance-in-Force Operations
Epilogue and Poems
Bibliography and Sources
Glossary
Roll of Honour
Honours and Awards
Battle Casualties
Nominal Roll
Index

BOOK 2: THE RIFLEMEN: A HISTORY OF THE 3RAR SECOND TOUR OF DUTY IN VIETNAM 1971
List of Maps and Photographs
Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations and Glossary of Terms
1. Why We Were There
2. Where's Phuoc Tuy Province?
3. The Enemy
4. Preparing for War
5. Learning the Ropes
6. Confronting the Enemy
7. The Making of Veterans
8. Blood, Sweat and Tears
9. A Matter of Routine
10. Operation "Overload"
11. Continuing the Search
12. A New Enemy
13. Xuyen Moc Guerillas
14. The Value of Reconnaissance
15. The Last Operation
16. The Final Analysis
Roll of Honour
Honours and Awards
Citations for Awards and Decorations
Nominal Roll
Appendix 1. Officer and Senior NCO Postings
Appendix 2. Where Do We Land?
Appendix 3. Combat Ration
Appendix 4. Contact/Incident After Action Reports
Bibliography
Index of Names
Index of Other Units
Equipment Used
Index General


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