Title: Bomber – From Vietnam to hell and back
Author: Bower-Miles, Tony “Bomber”
Condition: Near Mint
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2009
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 292 pages
Comments: Tony ‘Bomber’ Bower-Miles was a young sapper in the Australian Army when he first went to Vietnam in the late 1960s. Land mines were one of the biggest threats faced by troops on both sides, and much of Bomber’s work involved laying or clearing these terrible devices.
He saw mates and colleagues killed and horribly injured around him, in a war that was confusing, terrifying and devastating to everyone that it touched.
He returned to Australia scarred, battered and unable to relate to a peacetime world. Alcohol became his way of escaping, and his life spiralled down into addiction and violence. But Bomber wasn’t ready to let the war beat him after all these years.
In 2001, he returned to South-East Asia, putting his old skills to work in the dangerous job of clearing the millions of forgotten land mines that litter Cambodia. Starting from scratch, with makeshift equipment, Bomber established the NGO Vietnam Veterans’ Mine Clearing Team.
This is his story. Tough and uncompromising, it reveals the true face of war in all its brutality. But it also tells of redemption and humanity: a tale of real Australian heroism.