Behind Enemy Lines: An Australian SAS Soldier in Vietnam

Behind Enemy Lines: An Australian SAS Soldier in Vietnam

Paperback Australian SAS Soldier in Vietnam

By (author) Terry O'Farrell

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Paperback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 220mm x 231mm x 17mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Sydney
  • ISBN 10: 1865085901
  • ISBN 13: 9781865085906
  • Edition: 2
  • Illustrations note: 10 b&w photos, 4line drawings
  • Sales rank: 232,945

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With his observant eye, Terry O'Farrell's personal account of his career as an SAS soldier vividly captures not only the military actions of his time in Vietnam, but the human aspects of soldiering - from surviving the intense selection process and training, to dealing with the ever-present fear of combat. Terry relives the long tense stretches on patrol in the jungle, ears ever-alert to the sounds of the surrounding terrain and being caught by surprise and sudden contact with the enemy. He also entertains his readers with colourful tales of his experiences off the battlefield - the "larrakin pranks" during training, visits to Mama San and her girls, and the friendship and mutual trust that forms between soldiers. The book is a first-hand insight into the mind of a young SAS soldier.

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Author information

Terry O'Farrell enlisted in the Australian Army when the war in Viet Nam started gathering momentum. He completed two combat tours of Viet Nam as an SAS soldier and went on 40 patrols behind enemy lines as a forward scout, a patrol signaller and eventually as a patrol commander, and was wounded twice. Following Vietnam he remained in the Army rising through the ranks to Major. Terry now lives in Perth with his wife and four children.

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'Captures the true day to day existence of an Infantry solider...I had tears rolling down my face at some of the shenanigans...to being brought back to the nasty reality that was the war we all knew. The humour when "setting up" either a fellow soldier or an instructor and suffering the consequences or feeling "Oh so smug" when you got away with it makes for great reading.' - Bill McLaughlin

Table of contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsGlossary of terms and abbreviations1 Early days2 Recruit training3 Infantry training4 SAS selection5 Pre-deployment training6 Arriving in Vietnam7 First patrol8 Cobras and the Don Khanh Hotel9 WIA10 No comms11 Contacts and ambushes12 Double bluff13 Action on the Firestone Trail14 Working with 22 SAS-Malaysia15 Exercise Sidewalk-Papua New Guinea16 Back to Nui Dat17 Caches and booby traps18 Elephants19 The May Tao Mountains20 SEAL operationsEpilogueAppendixIndex