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New Zealand's Vietnam War : a history of combat, commitment and controversy / Ian McGibbon.

By: McGibbon, I. C. (Ian C.), 1947-.
Contributor(s): New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage [author.] | New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage | New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage | New Zealand. Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Exisle, 2010Description: 704 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780908988969 (hbk.) :; 9780908988969 (hbk.); 0908988966 (hbk.).Subject(s): Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Participation, New Zealand | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Participation, New Zealand | New Zealand -- History, Military | New Zealand -- History, Military -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 959.7043393
Contents:
"The Ministry for Culture and Heritage asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work"-T.p. verso. -Includes bibliographical references (p. 675-684) and index. -"New Zealand's Vietnam War provides a comprehensive and authoritative account of New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War, one that will remain the standard reference work on the subject for decades. Its publication will complete the programme of official war history production that began in 1945. This work focuses on what New Zealand did in South Vietnam, as the reasons for this country's involvement and opposition to it have already been covered in book form. It traces in detail the operations carried out by New Zealand forces in Vietnam and seeks to illuminate the experience of New Zealand soldiers fighting in a guerrilla war. The command structure, logistic support and operational context of fighting within a primarily Australian framework are all covered. The book addresses controversial aspects such as friendly fire incidents, atrocity allegations and veterans grievances, including over Agent Orange. Maori participation in V Force was substantial and its impact is assessed. Although the book is inevitably weighted towards the military, because the troops were the largest element of New Zealand's effort in Vietnam, the efforts of civilians in South Vietnam are also covered in depth. The surgical team operated from 1963 until their evacuation from Qui Nhon just days before North Vietnamese columns entered the city. The efforts of courageous civilians like Sister Mary Laurence and of Red Cross volunteers to alleviate misery among refugees are described. The book also covers the dramatic end of the New Zealand involvement in South Vietnam -- with the surgical team and the New Zealand Embassy evacuated by RNZAF Bristol Freighters just before the communist victory. The war's troubled aftermath is traversed, culminating in the Prime Minister's apology to veterans in 2008." -- Publisher's information.
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This landmark publication provides a comprehensive and authoritative account of New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War, and will remain the standard reference work on the subject for decades. Its publication completes the programme of official war histories that began in 1945.Ian McGibbon's primary focus is what New Zealand did in South Vietnam. He traces in detail the operations carried out by New Zealand forces and seeks to illuminate the experience of New Zealand soldiers fighting in a guerrilla war. The command structure, logistic support and operational context of fighting within a primarily Australian framework are all covered. He addresses controversial aspects such as friendly fire incidents, atrocity allegations and veterans' grievances, including over Agent Orange.Maori participation in V Force was substantial and its impact is assessed. Although the book is inevitably weighted towards the military, the efforts of civilians in South Vietnam are also covered in depth. The surgical team operated from 1963 until their evacuation from Qui Nhon just days before North Vietnamese columns entered the city. Not forgotten are the efforts of courageous civilians like Sister Mary Laurence and of Red Cross volunteers to alleviate misery among refugees.The book also describes the dramatic end of New Zealand's involvement in South Vietnam - with the surgical team and the New Zealand Embassy evacuated by RNZAF Bristol Freighters just before the communist victory. Finally, McGibbon surveys the war's troubled aftermath, culminating in the Prime Minister's apology to veterans in 2008.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"The Ministry for Culture and Heritage asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work"-T.p. verso. -Includes bibliographical references (p. 675-684) and index. -"New Zealand's Vietnam War provides a comprehensive and authoritative account of New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War, one that will remain the standard reference work on the subject for decades. Its publication will complete the programme of official war history production that began in 1945. This work focuses on what New Zealand did in South Vietnam, as the reasons for this country's involvement and opposition to it have already been covered in book form. It traces in detail the operations carried out by New Zealand forces in Vietnam and seeks to illuminate the experience of New Zealand soldiers fighting in a guerrilla war. The command structure, logistic support and operational context of fighting within a primarily Australian framework are all covered. The book addresses controversial aspects such as friendly fire incidents, atrocity allegations and veterans grievances, including over Agent Orange. Maori participation in V Force was substantial and its impact is assessed. Although the book is inevitably weighted towards the military, because the troops were the largest element of New Zealand's effort in Vietnam, the efforts of civilians in South Vietnam are also covered in depth. The surgical team operated from 1963 until their evacuation from Qui Nhon just days before North Vietnamese columns entered the city. The efforts of courageous civilians like Sister Mary Laurence and of Red Cross volunteers to alleviate misery among refugees are described. The book also covers the dramatic end of the New Zealand involvement in South Vietnam -- with the surgical team and the New Zealand Embassy evacuated by RNZAF Bristol Freighters just before the communist victory. The war's troubled aftermath is traversed, culminating in the Prime Minister's apology to veterans in 2008." -- Publisher's information.

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