Australian involvement in the Vietnam War

Troops march in Brisbane after returning from Vietnam

Troops march in Brisbane after returning from Vietnam
NAA: A1500, K26968

From 1962 to 1973, more than 60,000 Australians served in the Vietnam War as part of an allied force led by the United States. They fought alongside South Vietnamese Government troops against the Vietcong, a communist-led insurgent force that was supported by the North Vietnamese Army. The National Service Act 1964 introduced a scheme of selective conscription designed to create an army of 40,000 full-time soldiers, many of whom were sent on active service to the Vietnam War. During the war, 521 Australians died and around 3000 were wounded.

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