Australian troops Vietnam war?
Australian armor (Centurian tanks) and armored personnel carriers (US M-113's), as well as regular infantrymen were sent to Vietnam.
Australian "Military Advisors" were sent to Vietnam in 1962. On April 29th, 1965, the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, committed Australian troops to fight in Vietnam. On November 30th, 1971, the last Australian combat troops left Vietnam. Over 60,000 ANZAC troops, many of them conscripts, fought in Vietnam.
Apart from the growing public opinion against the war in Vietnam, one of the 1972 pre-election promises of the soon to be Whitlam government was that Australia would pull out of the Vietnam War. The ALP had always been opposed to Australian involvement in the Vietnam War. There was also a promise that an election win for the ALP would see the end of National Service conscription as well, but this was also the intention…
President Nixon was the President who promised to withdraw troops from Vietnam. The term Vietnamization was the plan that encouraged South Vietnam to take more responsibility for the war. Nixon hoped to gradually withdraw troops in this manner, and he succeeded and is credited with ending the Vietnam War.
The Kokoda Trail was a footpath going thru the OWEN STANLEY RANGE in the islands of New Guinea, just north of Australia. US & Australian (ANZAC) forces defeated Japanese troops, in a series of campaigns, as the Japanese tried working their way to the New Guinea coastlines, during WWII. Australian troops, upon arriving in Vietnam, apparently brought with them, their battle lineage from the Kokoda Trail.