By Bruce T. Swain
Australians fought in each theatre of battle in international warfare II. So excessive was once their involvement that by way of 1943 greater than 15 in step with cent of Australia's inhabitants used to be serving within the defense force. during this daily checklist, we see how the conflict escalated and the way the dedication of Australian forces elevated. the entire land battles within which Australian troops took half are lined, from the Libyan crusade in 1940-41 to Balikpapanin in 1945. The wide-ranging operations of the Royal Australian army in each theatre of maritime clash are special - within the Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and the North, Mediterranean, Aegean, Caribbean and crimson Seas. The formation and critical operations of the RAAF squadrons also are chronicled, from the departure from Australia in 1939 of the boys who could shape the No. 10 squadron within the united kingdom, to the Mustangs of No seventy six Squadron - the 1st "British" squadron within the career of Japan. The publication is a complete account of Australia's involvement and a tribute to the person women and men who served so selflessly.
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Most importantly, though, Hue’s father, Tran Huu Chuong, remained true to the family tradition and served as a junior ofﬁcer in the VNA. As momentous events ripped Vietnam apart, Chuong stood against colonialism and against communism. Rejecting both the Viet Minh and the French, Chuong sought another path toward true independence for his homeland, a noncommunist form of Vietnamese nationalism, and eventually swore loyalty to the new nation of South Vietnam. Chuong hoped for the reuniﬁcation of his country, but under noncommunist rule—a hope that soon became the motivating force in the life of young Tran Ngoc Hue.
Systemic and practical problems plagued the VNA from its inception. Under the indigenous system, the French, in part as a method of continued military control, never promoted Vietnamese personnel beyond the rank of junior ofﬁcer. 9 After the VNA transformed into the ARVN with the creation of South Vietnam, the force grew exponentially, and the ofﬁcer shortage became even more acute. Making matters worse, the French system of ofﬁcer training was rather chaotic and left the overextended VNA ofﬁcer corps to undergo hit-or-miss on-the-job training in combat.
However, Dinh was driven—for himself, his family, and his nation. Thus, he chose to enter the Thu Duc Reserve Ofﬁcers School outside Saigon and to pursue a career as a combat ofﬁcer in the infantry. Again, it just seemed the natural and proper thing to do. As he set out on his military journey, it was with high expectations. He did not hope or dream; he knew that he would become a general. The family of Tran Ngoc Hue remained in Hue City until the chaotic period at the close of World War II. The occupation of the city by Japanese troops, and the subsequent turmoil in the nation, forced the Trans to ﬂee to their ancestral village of Ke Mon, twenty kilometers to the northeast.
A chronology of Australian armed forces at war 1939-45 by Bruce T. Swain