Australian troops were sent to Vietnam on Robert Menzies orders (the Australian prime minister of the time). They were sent to Vietnam because Communism was spreading throughout Asia, and Menzies feared it coming to Australia, so he sent our troops in. Although, our troops only started out as advisers to our allies, but sometime later Menzies decided to send in our combat troops.
On 28 April, 1965, Australian Prime Minister, Robert Menzies, announced that Australian troops would be sent to support the United States forces in the Vietnam war. The first Australian troops arrived in Vietnam in May 1965.
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.
Australia sent a regiment of their Centurion tanks to Vietnam, along infantry and artillery.
Australian armor (Centurian tanks) and armored personnel carriers (US M-113's), as well as regular infantrymen were sent to Vietnam.
From 1962 to 1972. For further reading: The Battle of Coral; by Lex McAulay. Published in 1988.
Mexican troops; Platoon 201
They were drafted.
The Australian government.