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The Tiger Man of Vietnam - Frank Walker

The Tiger Man of Vietnam

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Published: 1st August 2010
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The Vietnamese hilltribes made him a demi-god. The CIA wanted to kill him. This is the remarkable true story of Australian war hero Barry Petersen. In 1963, 28-year-old Australian Captain Barry Petersen was sent to Vietnam as part of the 30-man Australian Training Team, two years before the first official Australian troops arrived. Seconded to the CIA, he was sent to the remote Central Highlands to build an anti-communist guerrilla force among the indigenous Montagnard people. He was sent off with bagloads of cash and a vague instruction to 'get to know the natives'. Petersen took over the running of the paramilitary force that had been started by the local police chief and started to earn the Montagnards respect. He lived drank and ate with the Montagnards, learned their language and respected their skills. The Vietcong dubbed Petersen's force 'Tiger Men'. When Petersen he heard this, he had special badges made for their berets and supplied tiger print uniforms. The Montagnards loved Petersen and flocked to join his force but the CIA were worried. They thought he was out of control and too close to the Montagnard people...

ISBN: 9780733626555
ISBN-10: 0733626556
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st August 2010
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.32