Possums & Bird Dogs: Australian Army Aviation's 161 Reconnaissance Flight in South Vietnam

Possums & Bird Dogs: Australian Army Aviation's 161 Reconnaissance Flight in South Vietnam

Possums & Bird Dogs: Australian Army Aviation's 161 Reconnaissance Flight in South Vietnam

Possums & Bird Dogs: Australian Army Aviation's 161 Reconnaissance Flight in South Vietnam

Synopsis

The story of 161 Reconnaissance Flight, the Australian Army Aviation unit deployed to Vietnam from September 1965 to March 1972, told through unit and personal records, pilot and aircraft log books, and personal interviews with veterans.

Excerpt

Ambrose Bierce, in his bitingly satirical book, The Devil’s Dictionary, defines history as ‘an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools’. It is a cynical view, quite devoid of any understanding of the role of the reader in determining the success or otherwise of a historical account. No doubt there are many well-regarded histories of knavish rulers and foolish soldiers, but those that are inaccurate or irrelevant do not survive for long.

There are many accounts of the Australian involvement in the Vietnam War, ranging from analyses of the strategic direction of the war through to the detailed examination of a single battle. On return from South Vietnam, each battalion that served there produced an account of the tour, which has served as a contemporary record of the people, places and events that contributed to the Vietnam experience. Other units and organisations have done the same, sometimes following the passage of many years, and the gaining of much perspective. in nearly all of these accounts, the service and achievements of the small Army Aviation contingent that supported the various units has been at least acknowledged and more often lauded. While this has provided a thin and disjointed view of Army Aviation in Vietnam, nowhere has there been a complete account of the Vietnam experience . . .

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