Where's the Chest Hair? "When the Scorpion Stings: The History of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Vietnam, 1965-1972", by Paul Anderson and "Vietnam Shots: A Photographic Account of Australians at War", by Gary McKay and Elizabeth Stewart. [review]
The late Paul Anderson’s "When the Scorpion Stings" and Gary McKay and Elizabeth Stewart’s "Vietnam Shots" are disparate offerings in the terrain that they seek to cover, but each is a solid contribution to an understanding of ‘Australia’s longest war’. Represented for a short period as a shameful interlude in the nation’s history, one better forgotten, the Vietnam War was enfolded within the Anzac legend within fifteen years of the withdrawal of Australian troops. Against this shifting background, Anderson has sought to redress what he considers to be the neglect of the wartime contributions of one element of the Australian armed forces in Vietnam. Gary McKay was a conscript who became a platoon commander during the war and an historian after it. Elizabeth Stewart worked on the "Official History of Australia’s Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts". The photographs in "Vietnam Shots" have been selected from the extensive collection at the Australian War Memorial and supplemented from other sources.