They were young, they were Australian, they were Army engineers and they were the first allied soldiers to risk their lives in the darkness of the Vietcong tunnels of South Vietnam. Staring death squarely in the face every day, not only did they follow their enemy down into these unknown underground labyrinths, but matched the Vietcong's jungle warfare skills and defused thousands of their clever booby traps.
Off duty, it was a different story. The bad boys of 3 Field Troop were a boozing, brawling, bonking bunch of larrikins, who cut a swath through the bars and brothels of Saigon, fought American Military Police to a standstill, built a secret casino and booby-trapped their own HQ to teach their officers a lesson.
Thrilling, inspiring and action packed, this is the true story of the unsung heroes of Australia's war in Vietnam. Living up to their motto of 'We Make and We Break', they created the legend of the Tunnel Rats.
©2011 Jimmy Thomson and Sandy MacGregor (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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Perhaps this story would have been better as a novel. The story is impressive but generally just stuff that happen in a war that should of never happen. Just a history of this engineer unit that had to go down into the tunnels of the NVA and VC to discover, flush-out and destroy them. Mission accomplished? Not really but looking for a black cat in a dark room that isn't necessarily there, well, you just don't know what you are up against. So a good job, but 'missed by that much'!
Narration okay, story, blah blah and overall, just a casual unit history for a short period of the Vietnam War.
"Don't, just don't"
topic just says it all, don't waste your time! The story could have been written so much better about these guys but it's hard to keep track of it all and if it's dark, you'll struggle staying awake...
This was a very interesting book. I am a Viet Nam Combat Vet. and believe me we had and still do have the utmost respect for those who went down into those tunnels. I would never have done it myself for all the tea in China. I believee alot of those guys are bothered by it today. Ask yourself would you do it. I tip my hat to them.
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