From 1965 to 1972, 15,381 national servicemen served in the vietnam war, with 200 killed and 1,279 wounded australian war memorial website many australians were opposed to involvement in the vietnam war and even more objected to the use of conscripts there. This selection of vietnam war quotations relates to australian involvement in vietnamit contains statements and remarks about the vietnam conflict by notable political figures, military commanders, contemporaries and historians. As australia got involved the war, the conscription has leaded to the depressions and social divisions in the australian society paragraph two the purpose of the second indo-china war of conscription was to avoid communism spreading to australia. Opposition to conscription was always part of anti-vietnam war protest in australia one of the placards (only partly seen in this photograph) refers to 'no more conscript lives' selective conscription by birthday ballot was introduced in 1964, although it was not until 1966 that the first conscripts were sent to fight.
From 1965 to 1972, 15,381 national servicemen served in the vietnam war, with 200 killed and 1,279 wounded once again the issue of conscription provoked debate within the australian community, with university students and other members of the community taking part in large anti-conscription and anti-vietnam war demonstrations. The campaign against the vietnam war here developed in similar ways to the movement in the us of course australia was a junior partner, and tagged along behind the us but the australian ruling class had its own aims and ambitions and interests in south-east asia. There were a relatively small number of people, certainly initially, who opposed the war and australia's involvement in it, but by linking conscription with vietnam, that greatly multiplied the. On thursday the 18th of august australia marks the anniversary of the battle of long tan it was the most costly battle for australia during the vietnam war with 18 killed and 24 wounded.
I didn't know of australia's involvement in the vietnam war until four years after i arrived here given the co-operation between south vietnam and australia in the fight against the vietnamese communists, i expected warm greetings from my australian acquaintances when i emailed them. Australian draft resistance and the vietnam war - statements by michael matteson and geoff mullen michael matteson geoff mullen the following two articles are from peacemaker, sept - dec 1971 vol 33 nos 9-12, published by the federal pacifist council of australia. Many australians were opposed to involvement in the vietnam war and even more objected to the use of conscripts the first conscript to die in vietnam was errol noack from south australia groups such as the campaign for peace in vietnam vigorously rejected conscription, with thousands joining the protest marches. One of the first protest actions against the vietnam war in australia to get national headlines after liberal prime minister bob menzies' april 1965 announcement that australia was sending troops to vietnam, was in canberra and was organised by delegates to the australian student labor federation conference in may 1965.
Australia's national service scheme was introduced in 1964, and although it was not brought in to enable australia's participation in the vietnam war, large numbers of people believed this to have been the case. The anti-conscription movement became stronger between 1966 and 1969 in june, simon townsend (host of the television program simon townsend's wonderworld ) was granted exemption from national service due to his imprisonment for being a conscientious objector to the vietnam war. The vietnam war − sometimes referred to as the second indo-china war or the american war − lasted from about 1960 until 1975 fought between the communist democratic republic of vietnam (north vietnam) and the us-backed republic of vietnam in the south, it ended with the defeat of south vietnam in april 1975. A few months later on april 29, menzies announced that australian troops, including national service conscripts, would be sent to vietnam to assist in the american war effort two weeks after this announcement, on may 13, fifteen sydney women, led by joyce golgerth and pat ashcroft, met and founded save our sons (sos), a non-political, non.
Conscription in australia, or mandatory military service also known as national service, has a controversial history dating back to the first years of nationhood australia currently only has provision for conscription during times of war. Australia's commitment to the vietnam war drew on the selective conscription of additional manpower through 16 biannual ballots 20year-old men were liable to - serve if their date of birth was drawn out. Australian troops, including national service conscripts, would be sent to vietnam to assist in the american war effort two weeks after this announcement, on may 13, fifteen sydney women, led by joyce golgerth and pat ashcroft, met and founded.
An opposing view of the war will not be accepted as an excuse to be exempted from the conscription dec 18, 1964 australian governments response from the us and south vietnam. Australian vietnam-era conscription lotteries the introduction of national service in 1964 by prime minister menzies central to was australia's effort to boost its regular army with ervicemen (known as national snashos) in. Australia, an ally of the us, is also a member of the southeast asia treaty organization (seato), and as such participated in the vietnam war by sending combat troops sydney became the favorite place for the one week r & r (rest & recuperation) allowed american servicemen & women doing a tour in vietnam.
Fernando's account touches on a number of areas relating to an australian serviceman's experience of the war in vietnam, including training, pre-deployment preparations, initiation into his unit, life at vung tau, and the period leading up to his return home. It was the social issue of conscription that generated most of the controversy and opposition to the war, without conscription opposition would be much less without the sour taste left in the govt mouth by the vietnam war perhaps australia wouldn't be so shy about using armed force to respond to events in the region for the next 20 years. The conscription contradiction as the jungle war against the vietcong intensifies in vietnam, australian soldiers of the 1st battalion scatter for cover after landing from helicopters to start.
Conscription ended almost immediately, australians were withdrawn from vietnam and conscientious objectors released from prison returned veterans were not treated well by the public in the 1914 - 18 war the government of the day wanted to introduce conscription to send conscripts to france and the middle east. After heavy casualties on the western front, britain pressured australia to make a bigger contribution to the war effort in 1916 prime minister hughes visited britain and the war front he returned to australia convinced that conscription must be introduced to win the war. The vietnam war was the first time australian conscripts were sent abroad in peace time universal conscription and compulsory military training had been in place during and after the second world war.