17 Aug 2016

Sound Archives: the Vietnam War

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:36 pm on 17 August 2016
1969 Vietnam War Protest

1969 Vietnam War Protest Photo: Alexander Turnbull Library

Tomorrow the government is holding official commemorations in Wellington to mark the 50th anniversary of New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War. More than 3800 New Zealanders served in Vietnam between 1963 and 1975, but tomorrow has been chosen as the date for commemoration as it is the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan, in which New Zealand artillery units were involved with Australian forces.

37 New Zealanders died in the conflict, which was the focus of many anti-war protests here at home. 

Sarah Johnston from Nga Taonga Sound & Vision shares some sound  recordings from the archives about the war.

Links:

Qui Nhon 1966 documentary by Patricia Penn

Dr Douglas Short’s 1967 report on the Qui Nhon Hospital