Vietnam War Essay
The Vietnam War was the war that the Government and general public say Australian Soldiers should never have been fighting in. The civil war between North and South Vietnam which lasted from 1962-1972 was the battle of communism. Australian soldiers entered the Vietnam War with the intention of stopping Communism from coming to Australia, our country. The fear of this economic, political and social system was the main reason for Australia’s willingness to be part of the war. Australia’s ties with the US also impacted on the decision of going to war, as we wanted to continue to have a good relationship with America and wanted to follow through with ANZUS treaty. Conscription was a big issue for Australia going into the war. 20,000 soldiers had no other choice to go to the war, based on their birthdates being picked out of a barrel. 30,000 Australians enlisted to fight for their country, this created impact as there were many different opinions in regards to the war. The conditions of the Vietnam War made fighting even harder because of the dense jungle and tropical climate. Although Australia’s casualties were low compared to Vietnam and the US, many suffered psychological and physical impacts after returning home. The return of the servicemen was not a welcoming experience and many felt as if they weren’t accepted. The idea that Australia should not have been in the war continued to be criticised many years after the soldiers were home. The ideology of Australian Soldiers going to war at the beginning was very different to when soldiers returned home. Approximately 70% of Australia’s general public were all pro conscription and also the government believed that we should be fighting. The willingness of Australian soldiers was due to the fact of the ‘Domino Theory’ and continuing to back our allies. The Domino Theory was the idea of communism coming to Australia. It was evident that if Australia did not fight against communism like other...
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