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Tunnel Rats : The Larrikin Aussie Legends Who Discovered the Vietcong's Secret Weapon - Jimmy Thomson

Tunnel Rats

The Larrikin Aussie Legends Who Discovered the Vietcong's Secret Weapon

By: Jimmy Thomson, Sandy MacGregor (As told to)

Paperback Published: 1st September 2013
ISBN: 9781743317358
Number Of Pages: 256

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The thrilling story of the young Australian Army engineers of 3 Field Troop who were the first allied soldiers to risk their lives in the darkness of the Vietcong tunnels of South Vietnam.

'All I could do was prod the earth with my bayonet and shine the light to see if I could find anything. It doesn't matter how small the tunnel is you never know what's around the bend ... You don't know if it's abandoned, you don't know if it's booby trapped and you don't know why the tunnel is there in the first place.'

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 swathe 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.

About the Author

Jimmy Thomson is a journalist, author and screenwriter whose credits include the ABC-TV series Rain Shadow. His most recent book is Snitch: Crooked cops and Kings Cross crims by the man who saw it all.

A graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, as a young captain Sandy MacGregor commanded 3 Field Troop in Vietnam, where he won the Military Cross. He served in the Army for thirty years, finishing as a colonel in the Reserves.

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Great Read

5

Good history of Aussies in Vietnam. Sometimes humerous, it brings the characters to life. Well written and easy to read.

Perth

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Great Read

4

Great read, i found myself enjoying this book a lot and learning a lot of thing i did not know about the Australian involvement in the Vietnam war, if you're interested in Military history i would recommend reading this, much respect to the Aussies Vets

gold coast aus

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A true story of the early days of the Vietnam War

5

I am interested in military history and in particular the Vietnam War (served 1967/1972)

Perth

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Hard to put down

5

Good read hard to put down

Western Australia

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Good.

5

History Information. It contains firsthand information. It contains nothing that I would call not so good.

Gladstone Qld 4680

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very good book

4

Very true to the situation they had to go through

Perth

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a very good account

4

Brought back many memories

Brisbane

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Tunnel Rats

4.6 7

100.0

The adventure is peppered with tales of insubordination, boozing and brawling. There's enough danger, action and humour for a TV mini-series. A ripping yarn. * Herald Sun *
Authentic and compelling. * Courier Mail *

ISBN: 9781743317358
ISBN-10: 1743317352
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st September 2013
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1