The climax of this book is an account of the Battle of Long Tan, which is told here by the most senior ranking Australian soldier to survive the battle.
Platoon Sergeant Bob Buick - decorated with the Military Medal for bravery for his actions during the Battle of Long Tan - tells in vivid and enthralling detail the story of his tour of Viet Nam. It culminates in the most famous battle involving Australian Diggers in the Viet Nam War, in which thirteen of Buick's men were killed and the remainder survived against overwhelming odds.
All Guts and No Glory is a no-pulled-punches account, covering all the major actions Buick's platoon encountered. It brings to life the frustrating, gut-wrenching and sorrowful experience of those who served as infantry warriors in Viet Nam, only to come home to an apathetic and sometimes hostile public. This is a poignant reminder of what combat, infantry soldiering and the Viet Nam war was all about. All Guts and No Glory also debunks the myths, lies and legends of the Long Tan Battle.
Bob Buick has collaborated with one of Australia's best-known authors of the Viet Nam era, Gary McKay, MC, himself a Viet Nam veteran and infantryman, to write this first-hand description of the Long Tan Battle and other operations against the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army.
'This extraordinary depiction of service in Viet Nam points to the real need for comprehensive writings on the wartime service of Australians, even decades after the event. All Guts and No Glory is a soldier's account of the battle of Long Tan and the Viet Nam War, detailed and captivating right through to the return to Australia on the Vung Tau Ferry. It adds greatly to the records relating to this difficult, but important part of Australia's 20th century military heritage.' - Hon Tim Fischer MP
Bob Buick is one of Australia's best known and most highly respected Vietnam war soldiers. For this book he has collaborated with one of Australia's best-known authors of the Viet Nam era, Gary McKay, MC, himself a Viet Nam veteran and infantryman.
Table Of Contents:
Maps and illustrations
Glossary of terms and abbreviations
Part I: July 1965-June 1966
2 Background to the war
3 Recruit and corps training - again
4 Preparing for war
Part II: June-December 1966
5 Welcome to Viet Nam
6 Operations begin
7 The Battle of Long Tan
8 The charnel house - clearing the battlefield
9 Rebirth of 11 Platoon
10 Back to operations
Part III: January-June 1967
11 A bad start to the year
12 Clearing the Long Green
13 Winding down - homeward bound
Part IV: After Viet Nam
14 Going home
15 Our supporting arms
18 Thirty years on
Appendix I Delta Company manning at Long Tan, 18 August 1966
Appendix II 11 Platoon casualties
Appendix III Honours, awards and decorations
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Battles & campaigns