Tunnel Rats by Sandy MacGregor, Jimmy Thomson

By Sandy MacGregor, Jimmy Thomson

The exciting tale of the younger Australian military engineers of three box Troop who have been the 1st allied infantrymen to chance their lives within the darkness of the Vietcong tunnels of South Vietnam. Staring loss of life squarely within the face each day, these young Australian military engineers not in basic terms their enemy down into those unknown underground labyrinths, yet matched the Vietcong's jungle war abilities and defused millions in their shrewdpermanent booby traps.
Off responsibility, it used to be a unique tale. The undesirable boys of three box Troop have been a boozing, brawling, bonking bunch of larrikins, who lower a swathe throughout the bars and brothels of Saigon, fought American army Police to a standstill, equipped a mystery on line casino and booby-trapped their very own HQ to coach their officials a lesson. exciting, inspiring and motion packed, this is often the real tale of the unsung heroes of Australia's battle in Vietnam. residing as much as their motto of "We Make and We Break," they created the legend of the Tunnel Rats.

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16 The Leftist Unity programme was a response to the fractious politics of Burma’s early independence; as such, it seems unlikely that it represented a genuine ideological shift within the government, nor does it seem to have been stimulated by any explicit desire, at least on U Nu’s part, to antagonize the West. At the time, however, this was precisely how it was viewed in London, where it was met with some consternation. In his apparent embrace of communism, U Nu seemed to reject the very basis on which British policy since independence had been built.

37 Whatever the actual extent of outside involvement, for present purposes the important point is that debates over the merits of British military aid to Burma were part of a wider reappraisal of the nature, structure and scale of the communist threat in Southeast Asia. Under these circumstances, the arguments in favour of military help to the Burmese government in the end proved conclusive, and supplies continued. Meanwhile, U Nu backed away from the more contentious elements of the May proposals.

A proliferation of conferences and summer schools of colonial officials sought to inject a greater degree of analytical rigour into the make-do-and-mend process of colonial administration, and annual surveys were established to measure and quantify colonial economies. A Cabinet Committee on colonial development was established in 1948, and two new organizations, the Colonial Development Corporation and the Overseas Food Corporation, were set up to oversee the government’s efforts. Politically, the British sought to create a process of gradual constitutional advance in a bid to ‘educate’ local elites in the mechanics and responsibilities of democratic government.

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