The author of this book, Rob Laurent is a veteran member of the 6 RAR Battalion second tour Vietnam 1969-70. Rob served as a medic with A Company.
The Australian Army's 6th Battalion was the unit that fought with such distinction at the Battle of Long Tan in 1966. When the 6th Battalion returned to Vietnam for its second tour of duty in 1969 it was supplemented with two companies of New Zealand infantry, forming the ANZAC unit 6RAR/NZ. The book features hundreds of colour and black-and-white photographs taken during the war by sixteen different Australian and New Zealand members of 6RAR/NZ. Most of the photos have been stored in private collections since that time, unseen by the public. The photos serve as a life and times record of how 6 RAR soldiers lived and fought during the most controversial war of recent times.
The journey to Vietnam by the aircraft carrier HMAS Sydney
The First Australian Task Force base of Nui Dat
Regular soldiers and National Servicemen
Tthe dedication of the Long Tan Cross
Phuoc Tuy Province
The Vietnamese people
Surrendered enemy guides known as Bushman Scouts
The South Vietnamese Army (ARVN)
The resort city of Vung Tau
Patrolling throughout Phuoc Tuy province
Helicopter resupply for the fighting units
The disastrous Dat Do minefield
Land clearing and defoliation
The Horseshoe fire support base.
The book also includes sections covering topics like: The historical causes of the war; the other allied nations included in the Free World Forces; collections of Australian, New Zealand, US, French, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong badges; personal weapons; the repercussions of the war that affected the returning soldiers.
An extra bonus with this book is a DVD featuring the original song "The Green Soldier" written by a member of 6RAR/NZ and performed by the former Perth duo Two's Company. Historical 8 mm movie footage also appears on the DVD.
An Honour Roll with details is included. A large, quality made book.