Australias involvement in the vietnam war was driven largely by the rise of communism in southeast asia after the second world war and the fear of its spread which developed in australia during the 1950s and early 1960s following the end of the second world war the french had sought to reassert control over french indochina which had been occupied by japan. The vietnam war the vietnam war was the longest twentieth century conflict in which australians participated it involved some 60000 personnel and grew from a limited initial commitment of 30 military advisers in 1962 to include a battalion in 1965 and finally in 1966 a task force. The arrival of the australian army training team vietnam aattv in south vietnam during july and august 1962 was the beginning of australias involvement in the vietnam war australias participation in the war was formally declared at an end when the governor general issued a proclamation on 11 january 1973. Here are some facts everyone should know about australia and the vietnam war australias decade long involvement in the vietnam war from 1962 until 1972 is the longest major conflict this country has ever been a part of. Australias involvement in the vietnam war began as a small commitment of 30 men in 1962 and increased over the following decade to a peak of 7672 australians deployed in south vietnam or in support of australian forces there the vietnam war was the longest and most controversial war australia has ever fought
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