Korea/Vietnam to 1972

The Chalkies 1966-1973

In August 1966, 25 young Australian soldiers landed at Jackson’s Strip airport Port Moresby, in the then Territory of Papua and New Guinea,[1] with only a hazy idea of why they were there.

The CMF and the Vietnam War

In the period leading up to Australia’s involvement in Vietnam, the Citizen Military Forces (CMF) [today’s Army Reserve] in Australia was a reasonably strong and viable force, with a mixture of younger soldiers, volunteers and 1950’s National Servicemen, strengthened by a small number of experienced former 2nd AIF, Korea and Malaya veterans.

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