Australian involvement in the Vietnam War
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.
- What factors led to Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War?
- Why did the Australian Government introduce selective conscription in 1964?
- How did the introduction of conscription shape attitudes to the Vietnam War in Australia?
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