Jess asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

What was Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War began as a small commitment of 30 men in 1962, and increased over the following decade to a peak of 7,672 Australians deployed in South Vietnam or in support of Australian forces there. The Vietnam War was the longest and most controversial war Australia has ever fought.

    Approximately 60,000 Australians served in the conflict; 521 were killed and more than 3,000 were wounded.

    The reasons as to why Australia became involved in the Vietnam War have been

    traditionally painted in the colours of "collective security" and as part of the anti-Communist

    "crusade" to contain a world wide communist threat. However, the decision to become involved

    was not one take in isolation by the government of the day in Canberra. Rather it was the

    culmination of a long period of tension and unease, not as one might believe, over the idea of

    communist expansionism in Asia, but rather because of what was considered the unsatisfactory

    relationship which had developed between Canberra and Washington.

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