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Team 19 in Vietnam
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Historical accounts and memoirs of the Vietnam War often ignore the participation of nations other than Vietnam and the United States. As a result, few Americans realize that several members of the Southeast Asian Treaty Organization (SEATO), including Australia, allied with South Vietnam during the conflict. By the late 1960s, more than eight thousand Australians were deployed in the region or providing support to the forces there.

In Team 19 in Vietnam, David Millie offers an insightful account of his twelve-month tour with the renowned Australian Army Training Team Vietnam in Quang Tri Province -- a crucial tactical site along the demilitarized zone that was North Vietnam's gateway to the south. Drawing from published and unpublished military documents, his personal diary, and the letters he wrote while deployed, Millie introduces readers to the daily routines, actions, and disappointments of a field staff officer. He discusses his interactions with province senior advisor Colonel Harley F. Mooney and Major John Shalikashvili, who would later become chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. This firsthand narrative vividly demonstrates the importance of the region and the substantial number of forces engaged there.

Few Australian accounts of the Vietnam War exist, and Millie offers a rare glimpse into the year after the Tet offensive, when Presidents Johnson and Nixon both made it clear that the U.S. would withdraw its troops. This important memoir reveals that responsibility for the catastrophe inflicted on Vietnamese civilians is shared by an international community that failed to act effectively in the face of a crisis., reviewing a previous edition or volume

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Illustrations, Maps
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. 1. Leaving Home for War: May 1968
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 2. The Big Picture: 1950–1968
  2. pp. 7-14
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  1. 3. Travel to Quang Tri and Orientation: 14–24 May 1968
  2. pp. 15-28
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  1. 4. Australian Army Advisors in the Province: May 1968–April 1969
  2. pp. 29-44
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  1. 5. Counterinsurgency in Mai Linh Sub-Sector: May–August 1968
  2. pp. 45-78
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  1. 6. Pacification in Mai Linh District: May–August 1968
  2. pp. 79-104
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  1. 7. With the Vietnamese People in Quang Tri: May 1968–April 1969
  2. pp. 105-122
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  1. 8. Transition from District to Province: September 1968
  2. pp. 123-136
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  1. 9. Sector Staff Work: The Oil and the Glue: September–December 1968
  2. pp. 137-164
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  1. 10. Pacification Campaigns, Strengthening the Spine: 1968 and 1969
  2. pp. 165-192
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  1. 11. Operation Fisher, Refugee Relocation at Gia Dang: September–December 1968
  2. pp. 193-226
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  1. 12. Contingency Planning for Tet 1969: January–February 1969
  2. pp. 227-242
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  1. 13. Sector Staff Work: The Oil and the Glue: January–April 1969
  2. pp. 243-266
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  1. 14. Operation Kangaroo, Cam Vu Resettlement: December 1968–April 1969
  2. pp. 267-276
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  1. 15. Faith at Work: May 1968–April 1969
  2. pp. 277-292
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  1. 16. Paris Peace Talks and Ripple Effects: May 1968–April 1969
  2. pp. 293-300
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  1. 17. Australian Leaders in South Vietnam: May 1968–April 1969
  2. pp. 301-316
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  1. 18. The Shield in a Limited War: May 1968–April 1969
  2. pp. 317-332
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  1. 19. Colonel Harley F. Mooney Leads the Way: August 1968–April 1969
  2. pp. 333-352
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  1. 20. The Omega and a New Alpha: 1970–2012
  2. pp. 353-364
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  1. Epitaph
  2. pp. 365-366
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 367-368
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  1. Appendix A: Some of the Characters, 1968–1969
  2. pp. 369-374
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  1. Appendix B: Aircraft and Weapons
  2. pp. 375-376
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  1. Appendix C: Chronology, 1968 and 1969
  2. pp. 377-380
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  1. Appendix D: Abbreviations and Terms
  2. pp. 381-384
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 385-394
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 395-398
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 399-412
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