Peter Edwards reviews 'The Nashos' War' by Mark Dapin

Peter Edwards reviews 'The Nashos' War' by Mark Dapin

THE NASHOS’  WAR: AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL SERVICEMEN AND VIETNAM

by by Mark Dapin

Viking, $39.99 hb, 470 pp, 9780670077052

Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards

Peter Edwards is an historian specialising in Australia’s national security policies and policy-making. He is the Official Historian of

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In late April, the commemorations of the centenary of the Gallipoli landing will inevitably overshadow another significant anniversary in Australia’s military, political, and social history. On 29 April 1965, fifty years to the week after the landing at Anzac Cove, the Menzies government announced the commitment of an Australian infantry battalion to the growing conflict in Vietnam. That announcement led to Australia’s longest and third-largest military commitment of the twentieth century, surpassed only by the two world wars. While its political and social impacts on Australia did not match those of World War I, they should not be overlooked. The controversies surrounding Vietnam, and all that it was taken to symbolise, have given rise to numerous myths, many still current and influencing the way Australia looks at our past, present, and potential future military commitments.

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Published in March 2015, no. 369

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