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  1. We Band of Brothers - A True Australian Adventure Story
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  2. We Band of Brothers - A True Australian Adventure Story

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As described by one critic: "This book is gripping, has much humor, ribald and subtle, and much pathos, but understated."
It is the story of a boy born and growing up in Sydney, who was drafted into the Australian Army at age eighteen in 1951. He remained in the army and first served overseas alongside the British Army fighting against the Communist terrorists in Malaya in the mid-nineteen-fifties. After a period as an instructor at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, he spent three years with the Pacific Islands Regiment in Papua New Guinea during the time of Confrontation with Indonesia and Indonesia's takeover of West New Guinea from the Dutch. Following this he led an infantry company of troops in Vietnam in 1966-67 and in this well illustrated book he tells the story of those men during the early stages of the Australian occupation of Nui Dat at the time of the Battles of Long Tan and later Bribie. He returned to Vietnam in 1970 for further service there totaling 809 days.
David Black says: "...very well written, humorous, descriptive, and for a civilian, easy to understand."

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Thanks for this book Brian. I really enjoyed this book. I really enjoyed the way the author put us in the drivers seat with him. His description of army life is very informative for somebody like me who has never served. His simple but effective writing style is refreshing and I felt like he was in the same room as me actually talking to me. I am an avid amature Australian military historian and I particularly liked the sections on Malaya and Papua New Guinea. Not many Australians would realise the argy bargy that was occurring with our neighbours to the North West of us and how unprepared as a nation we were for any conflict.

Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War has always been controversial and it appears our soldiers are still being sent to fight in foreign lands with very little logistical support except that which we can beg borrow or steal from our allies. Things were no different when the 1st Australian Task Force was given the Phouc Tuy Province to look after... Read more
I picked this book because it seemed to cover one era I'm interested in - the lead up to our involvement in Vietnam.
However the ironies kept falling out of it. I was also born in the Roslyn Private Hospital Arncliffe. My dad lived in York St. Rockdale (runs between Bryant and Bestic) from early teens until 1948 when mum and dad moved to Sutherland around the time I was born. As a child I regularly visited my grandparents in York St. My uncle owned a large commercial property on the corner of Kingsgove and Commercial Rds Kingsgove for many years.
I was a member of the 18th LAA Rgt Kogarah until moving to Canberra in '69 with my employer NRMA, transferring to 3 Btn RNSWR. There I worked with Berryce Merrick at NRMA for a number of years in the early to mid '70's until moving to Wollongong.
All beside the point of a review, but I hope Brian reads this as I'm enjoying the read immensely. His style is witty and detailed, covering a period of turbulence in our part of the... Read more
This story is of great historical and cultural value. It covers a period during which Australia was going through rapid social changes. The book relates the life and problems of of a boy growing up, his schooling, his life after school, the early job searching, then maturing into manhood and his induction into the army, followed by his climb up the ladder of promotion.
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