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ISBN 978-1-875593-05-7
By Lex McAulay

The US 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) planned and executed Operation ‘New Life 65’, involving elements of the US 1st Infantry Division and the Army of the Republic of South Vietnam (ARVN), in moving by air and road to a distant fertile valley devoted to production of rice. The Brigade secured the valley, forced away the armed Vietcong enemy, neutralised the enemy infrastructure, allowed the local farmers to harvest their crop, and returned the valley to the authority of the government of the Republic of South Vietnam.

Within the overall operation, the First Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) planned and executed two operations that liberated two large villages with little use of high explosives, no air strikes and inflicted minimal damage to the homes and almost no loss of life among the people. These successes opened the way into the enemy-held area and formed the basis for a bigger success by the US and ARVN forces.

These operations by 1RAR demonstrated the high degree of professionalism achieved by the Australian battalion in its first six months in South Vietnam, involved in air-mobile and counter-revolutionary warfare. No unit in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, including the Australians and New Zealanders who were part of it, had trained for such operations but good staff work and a confident ‘can do’ spirit in all ranks resulted in a positive attitude and successful conclusion.

Operation ‘New Life 65’ was an example of positive adaptability by US and Australian-New Zealand forces and illustrated the flexibility of modern combat elements supported by technology.

This is available in book form, on CD and at Amazon-Kindle.


  • Book, $55.00AUD includes postage within Australia
  • CD, $22.00AUD includes postage within Australia
  • Amazon-Kindle, $7.99USD
Product Code BLUAG1P570
Condition New
Weight 0.4kg

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