Australia's involvement in vietnam was driven by a fear of communist expansion in asia and a desire to align with the united states even after its federation and nominal independence in 1901, australia's foreign policy was for years strongly influenced by britain prior to world war ii, the australian government still looked. The vietnam war was a war fought between north and south vietnam in the 1960s and the 70s how did australia become involved in this war and how did it ultimately change australia find out about the attitudes of the public to the war in the 1960s and 1970s, and how it shaped the australian government's decision to. This photo essay, part one of a three-part series, looks at the earlier stages of us involvement in the vietnam war, as well as the growing protest with the persuasion of a viet cong-made spear pressed against his throat, a captured viet cong guerrilla decided to talk to interrogators, telling them of a. What reasons were given for joining the war the circumstances of this offer are shrouded in controversy in 1965, australia was involved in two crises in southeast asia, one in vietnam and the other in indonesia the connection between the two was vital to menzies' decision to increase our involvement in. Free essay: the vietnam war which went from 1965 to 1975 involved america and its allies, including australia, aiming to prevent south vietnam from an give 5 reasons australia enter vietnam war introduction australia is considered among important allies of united states in the vietnam war. General walker advised the british government that the war could not be won unless the us changed their plans since this was unlikely to happen, prime minister wilson decided not to commit british forces to a lost cause australia and new zealand, who had taken part in the confrontation, did send troops to vietnam. Source 1 a timeline of the key events of the vietnam war remember and understand 1 when did the number of australian soldiers reach its peak in vietnam apply and analyse 2 look at the points on the timeline up to 1965 what do these points have in common that suggests a motivation for australia's entry into the. Chapter 4 : how australia entered the war australia had had military advisors in vietnam since 1962, in 1965 the government committed an infantry battalion australian participation in the war was gradual troop numbers built up over a number of years as viet cong insurgencies increased by 1971 nearly 50 000.
On the other hand, many think that american involvement in the vietnam war was a justified action to take hence, president truman's decision to ignore ho's request for assistance and american very first involvement in vietnam to aid the french in their war they had fought hard for a “noble cause. Australia's involvement in the vietnam war began with a small commitment of 30 military advisors in 1962, and increased over the following decade to a peak of 7,672 australian personnel following the menzies government's april 1965 decision to upgrade its military commitment to south vietnam's security by the time the. South vietnam now entered a period of extreme political instability, as one military junta replaced another in quick succession ironically with the us decision to escalate its involvement, anzus pact allies australia and new zealand agreed to contribute troops and material to the conflict they were. He even goes on to say that, had the us not intervened, communism would dominate southeast asia and bring the world closer to a third world war president johnson also provides answers to some of the concerns of the american public, and expresses the readiness of the us and south vietnam to negotiate peace.
In eisenhower's view, the loss of vietnam to communist control would lead to similar communist victories in neighboring countries in southeast asia (including laos, cambodia and thailand) and elsewhere (india, japan, the philippines, indonesia, and even australia and new zealand) “the possible consequences of the. Abstract: the vietnam war occurred at a time of considerable internal disputation over the role and nature of news within the australian broadcasting commission (abc) within this social organizational approach to media analysis one must also take into account the inevitability of a social construction of reality and the. When australia responded on 29 april 1965 it was to send an infantry battalion to join american combat battalions that had already arrived in vietnam the australian decision to become involved, and to extend that involvement, was influenced by four major factors the first was an anti-communist and pro- democracy.
Unfortunately, us foreign policy decision makers in the mid-1960s committed a supreme act of misjudgment by intervening directly in the vietnam war having offered compelling reasons to stay out of vietnam, taylor went on to declare that for us troops svn is not an excessively difficult or unpleasant place to. On its 40th anniversary, alan woods analysed the events that led to the vietnam war and the significance of the tet offensive in bringing about the defeat of us imperialism, and drew the reasons why the usa became involved in vietnam had nothing to do with democracy, as its actions clearly show. Week 1: source analysis – vietnam war 2 australia's involvement in vietnam 4 why did the australian government commit troops to vietnam australia's relationship with the us learning activities students watch the documentary as outlined in the worksheet/resources list and record notes under subheadings. Vietnam war, (1954–75), a protracted conflict that pitted the communist government of north vietnam and its allies in south vietnam, known as the viet cong among other countries that fought for south vietnam on a smaller scale, south korea suffered more than 4,000 dead, thailand about 350, australia more than 500.
The impact of the pentagon's analysis of the government's policy-making processes on vietnam extends far beyond the war itself, this 1971 us news in australia—which has contributed troops to the vietnam war effort—the sydney daily mirror declared in an editorial that the secret pentagon papers. (now directorate of army research and analysis) the goal articulated for the book was to provide an initial analysis of the australian army's role in its first war since the end of the vietnam war it was to record the army's accomplishments highlight the key issues and problems the organisation faced and their resolution.
The role of america`s vietnam war in indochina in the history of the united states of america ho's attempt to garner support from the united states was useless because, unknown by him, the fate of indochina had already been decided at the potsdam conference the allies had agreed to a japanese surrender of their. The australian government entered the war in vietnam to secure an american military presence on the asian mainland the holt government's decision to deploy a second battalion to vietnam in relation to these factors it will be shown that despite pressure from the us government to contribute additional.
The australian army and the vietnam war 1962–1972 edited by peter dennis & jeffrey grey army history unit the 2002 chief of army's viet cong reinforcements, supplies and equipment entering the province by sea the divisions caused by the war and welcomed the vietnam veterans home. This is the second post promised analysing why australia entered the vietnam war american readers should be warned the reasons as to why australia became involved in the vietnam war have been traditionally painted in the colours of however, the decision to become involved was not one take in isolation by the. “the government's decision to send the first battalion of the australian regular army to vietnam is, without question, one of the most significant events in the history of this for instance, there is no evidence that peter kocan attempted to murder calwell by reason of his opposition to the vietnam war.
All new zealand troops in vietnam were volunteer regular personnel, so the protest movement did not have an anti-conscription edge, as it did in australia and the united states by the latter stages of the war, the anti-war movement had merged with other major causes – women's rights, the anti-apartheid movement – to. Vietnam war summary: summary of the vietnam war: the vietnam war is the commonly used name for the second indochina war, 1954–1975 usually it refers to france's military involvement in vietnam began when it sent warships in 1847, ostensibly to protect christians from the ruling emperor gia long before the. We cannot afford to be left too far behind australia: new zealand's entry into the vietnam war in may 1965 author: dr robert rabel of the vietnam war whatever the reasons, holyoake's stance meant that resistance to combat involvement was to be found at the very top of the decision-making hierarchy in wellington. Australia is starting a four-year journey to mark and ponder the meaning of the centenary of world war i during those commemorations, the national effort at remembering should also revisit a series of 50-year anniversaries for australia's entry and enmeshment in the vietnam war vietnam might have.