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Destroy and Build


  • 12 b/w illus. 6 maps
  • Page extent: 296 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.61 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9781107189737)

In 2002, Governor General Michael Jeffrey stated that 'we Australians had everything under control in Phuoc Tuy Province'. This referred not only to military control, but to the policy of 'pacification' employed by the Republic of Vietnam and external 'Free World' allies such as the US and Australia. In the hopes of stemming the tide of Communism, pacification aimed to win the allegiance of the populace through political, economic and social reform. In this new work, Thomas Richardson explores the 1st Australian Task Force's (1ATF) implementation of this policy in Phuoc Tuy between 1966 and 1972. Using material from US and Australian archives, as well as newly translated Vietnamese histories, Destroy and Build: Pacification in Phuoc Tuy, 1966–1972 challenges the accepted historiography of the Western forces' fight against insurgency in Vietnam.

• Challenges the accepted historiography of the fight against insurgency in Vietnam • Discusses the policy of pacification on its own merits, rather than by its impact on Western forces • Introduces readers to a commonly overlooked aspect of the war in Vietnam


Introduction; 1. Pacification: an introduction; 2. Phuoc Tuy, 1966; 3. Preparing the battlefield; 4. Tet 1968; 5. 'This month's faire story'; 6. Déjà vu, all over again; 7. 'The wolves were circling'; 8. 'Bereft of their Australian strongmen'.

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