This collection of new essays explores changes in perceptions of the war and the Vietnamese diaspora, examining history, politics, biography and literature, with Vietnamese, American, Australian and French scholars providing new insights.
Twelve essays cover South Vietnamese leadership and policies, women and civilians, veterans overseas, smaller allies in the war (Australia), accounts by U.
A phased withdrawal followed, and by 11 January 1973 Australian involvement in hostilities in Vietnam had ceased.
Nevertheless, Australian troops from the Australian Embassy Platoon remained deployed in the country until 1 July 1973, and Australian forces were deployed briefly in April 1975, during the Fall of Saigon, to evacuate personnel from the Australian embassy.
The effects of the War outside present-day Vietnam are ongoing.
Substantial Vietnamese communities in countries that participated in the conflict are contributing to renewed interpretations of it.For example, when Serong expressed doubt about the value of the Strategic Hamlet Program at a US counter Insurgency Group meeting in Washington on , he drew a "violent challenge" from US Marine General Victor "Brute" Krulak.Captain Barry Petersen's work with raising an anti-communist Montagnard force in the central highlands between 19 highlighted another problem—South Vietnamese officials sometimes found sustained success by a foreigner difficult to accept.Although initially enjoying broad support due to concerns about the spread of communism in Southeast Asia, a vocal anti-war movement developed in response to Australia's programme of conscription.The withdrawal of Australia's forces from South Vietnam began in November 1970, under the Gorton Government, when 8 RAR completed its tour of duty and was not replaced.S., Australian and South Vietnamese servicemen as well as those of Indigenous soldiers from the U. and Australia, memorials and commemorations, and the legacy of war on individual lives and government policy.TY - BOOKT1 - New Perceptions of the Vietnam War: Essays on the War, the South Vietnamese Experience, the Diaspora and the Continuing Impact AU - Nguyen, Nathalie Huynh Chau PY - 2015Y1 - 2015N2 - The effects of the War outside present-day Vietnam are ongoing.In 1954, after the defeat of the French at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, the Geneva Accords of 1954 split the country geographically, the DRV holding the north of the 17th parallel and the So V the south.In 1955, Ngô Đình Diệm, the prime minister of the State of Vietnam, deposed the head of state Bảo Đại in a fraudulent referendum and declared himself President of the newly proclaimed Republic of Vietnam.The Australian military assistance was to be in jungle warfare training, and the Team comprised highly qualified and experienced officers and NCOs, led by Colonel Ted Serong, many with previous experience from the Malayan Emergency.Relationships between the AATTV and US advisors were generally very cordial, but there were sometimes significant differences of opinion on the training and tactics that should be employed.