Title: Australia’s Battlefields in Viet Nam
Author: McKay, Gary
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2003
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 240 pages
Comments: A traveller’s guide to the Australian battlefields and cemeteries in Viet Nam written for people actually holidaying in Viet Nam as well as the wannabes who think they might go to Viet Nam.;
Being there 30 years on, standing on the fields of conflict, it all came rushing back. The good bits and the bad bits. But it left me with a feeling of comradeship and pride. I was glad that I made the journey.
In 1971 Gary McKay was an Australian platoon commander in what was then South Viet Nam and was seriously wounded in one of Australia s major battles of the Viet Nam War. In 2002 he returned to Viet Nam and retraced the steps of the men who had gone before and after him, from 1965 to the end of the war in 1972, in what was Australia s longest lasting war.
Now, in this book, Gary McKay presents an essential guide to the battlefields in Viet Nam for today s traveller. He provides practical tips on how to get to each site, what to look for and how to avoid the pitfalls of journeying in Viet Nam. Along the way, he chronicles the major battles fought by the 1st Australian Task Force, accompanied by gripping narratives of the actions.
Illustrated with photos and maps, this book is a must for Australian travellers to Viet Nam who want to learn more about the conflict that cost so many lives on both sides.
About Gary McKay
Gary McKay served as a rifle platoon commander in Viet Nam and was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. His time in Viet Nam was the basis of his first book, the best-selling ‘In Good Company: One Man’s War in Vietnam’. He is also the author of ‘Delta Four’, ‘Bullets, Beans and Bandages’ (first published as ‘Vietnam Fragments’), ‘Sleeping with Your Ears Open’ and co-author of ‘Jungle Tracks’, ‘All Guts and No Glory’ and ‘Viet Nam Shots’. Gary lives in Jervis Bay and currently works as a freelance historian and non-fiction writer.