Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War remains the largest force contribution to a foreign conflict since the Second World War, and was only recently surpassed (by the contribution of forces to the Afghanistan and Middle East conflict) as the longest commitment of Australian combat forces since that time. Approximately 60,000 Australians served in the war; 521 were killed and more than 3,000 were wounded.
A team at the Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society, from the University of New South Wales, has recognised the significance of the Vietnam War in Australia’s military history. They have developed a website called ‘Australia’s Vietnam War’ which presents available data, including the official war diaries from the conflict in a visual or graphic form.
Of particular interest for self study enthusiasts is the Vietnam War Battle Map. When you view the interactive battle map, all Australian actions are shown in red. As you click on parts of the map, the official information about each incident is shown in detail. There are different analytics’ on the right side of the page including honour roll information, battle damage sustained and casualty data. By exploring the Battle map and other elements of the site, you will be able to gain an intimate understanding of the various battles and incidents within the Vietnam War. Check out the site and play around with the battle map to learn more.