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Ghost Platoon (Hachette Military Collection Book 1) by [Walker, Frank]
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'thoroughly researched and compelling . . . a chilling account' - The Sun Herald

An eye-opening account of Australian combat history, untold . . . until now.

In 1969 a ragtag unit of 39 men were thrown together at Nui Dat, Vietnam. It was so slapdash a group it didn't even have an officer or sergeant in charge. A rugged ex-Royal Marine stepped forward to take the lead. Jim Riddle was only an acting corporal but he knew enough of war to keep these young diggers alive.

When the platoon was involved in a high-risk ambush Riddle proved his leadership skills, bringing his men through unscathed and leaving the battlefield littered with enemy bodies.

Despite their success, immediately afterwards the platoon was disbanded. According to the army they'd never existed – theirs was a ghost platoon.

Frank Walker details what happened at that ambush and why the army buried their existence, and the secrets that went with it. His findings are a shocking indictment of the long-term effects of war. The men of the platoon – who'd fought so hard for their country – had to fight again to reveal the truth. But the price they all paid was far too high.

Ghost Platoon is a gripping story of the soldiers who should never be forgotten . . . or denied.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4048 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Australia (25 June 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good readable book of Vietnam. 1 February 2012
By Wayne Robinson - Published on
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I was born in 1955, so I was 14 at the time of the ambush described at the start of 'Ghost Platoon'. As a teenager, my interest in current affairs would have been fairly typical. Virtually zero. I don't have any memories of the Vietnam War from that time. Nothing of the '68 Tet offensive. Of course, I remember the eventual fall of South Vietnam in 1975.

I came to this book after listening to the audiobook version of Paul Ham's very fine, apparently occasionally inaccurate, exhaustive and sometimes exhausting book 'Vietnam the Australian War'.

I had some trepidation on reading this book. Who cares about a small battle of which hardly anyone has heard, and which resulted in only the meaningless addition of more communist casualties to the already considerable toll? How do you fight a foe who doesn't care about own casualties? A foe who suffered an enormous defeat in the '68 Tet offensive, and who went on to win?

To my surprise, it was a very good read. I started it one evening and finished it the next morning. It won't change your views of the Vietnam War. I think that it was a mistake right from the start, in 1946, when the French were allowed to return. Intervening in a civil war is never a good idea.

My sympathy goes to the troops who were sent there to fight, particularly in the later years when the war was becoming unpopular at home. The returning veterans were very shoddily treated by the general population and the government of the day, for bad decisions made by the electorate and the government.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH HURTS 14 March 2014
By Mr. Paul Longwill - Published on
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I thought it was a very good read. It goes to show how events during war get covered up by the government because they do not want the public to know what really eventuated. It`s amazing how many brick walls you run into to actually prove certain events actually happened. The most important thing about GHOST PLATOON was that after all the stumbling blocks, statements, cover ups, denials, etc it was finally proven that the members of GHOST PLATOON did in fact exist. It is a pity that it took so long for the powers to be to concede and the platoon to be reconised and compensated.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disjointed 11 October 2014
By Mikey - Published on
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There is no doubt about the firefight or the bodies been dragged into the village. Just the book was all over the place writing to a host of items that had no bearing on the story. I have seen the photos and only recently destroyed them so grandchildren did not find them.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Myth making. 7 August 2016
By panther - Published on
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There was a lot of potential in the book but by the end the authors far left comes out .
The 2nd D&E( Defense and Employment platoon) in the 1st ATF were nothing unusual as all combat Australian combat units when to RVN as complete units served and went home as a unit to be replaced by another complete unit and so on.Because of this D&E platoons were created as needed to give casualty replacement personnel a unit until they filled a spot in a unit or a place to serve out the remainder of their tour if the unit rotated home.

So these D&E platoons were created as needed, So there is nothing to say that it was disbanded to due to the Ambush aftermath. This is one example of his shaping the "facts" to fit his left wing version of events.

Another point il say is when his repeats the far left myth that the gulf of Tonkin incident is one incident which was not the case it was two different things over two days . The first one was the torpedo boat attack which did in fact happen, there is photo evidence and the fact that the PAVN commander admitted in the 1980s because uncle ho was very angry as he ordered no attack to be maid.
The second incident was false a the navy admitted days later saying they were probably firing at false radar returns.
But the author implies that it was all false and one thing instead of two different incidents.

This Leeds me to one of two possibilities,
A - he is deliberately writting files information to further is Left POV or,
B-He's research is poor. Eather way it makes me doubt the accuracy of the book.
Though I'll be fair and fully agree with him that the image of the Aussie digger is overblown at times to be used by political parties, and that the things that happened after the ambush happened and were normal though not a crime.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put Frank Walker's book down! 17 January 2012
By Conscript - Published on
It's refreshing and satisfying to read a no-holds-barred account by some of the Diggers who were involved in the events described in Walker's book and I'm pleased that the author didn't deny the reader the facts, unpalatable as some of them might be, as remembered by these men. The idea that the typical bronzed ANZAC gets a buzz out of exposing himself/herself to possible instant annihilation is absurd. Indeed, battle plans and commands that intentionally place military personnel at unnecessary risk are totally irresponsible.

In regard to the Australian Army's Thua Tich ambush in South Vietnam in 1969, the fact that the operation was very successful appears to have been due to total surprise and some good fortune, rather than to the correct placement of the forward observers. Had the enemy been better prepared and less relaxed, the outcome could well have been disastrous for the Australians, particularly since their position was beyond the range of artillery support.

Thanks Frank Walker, Jim Riddle and other members of the 2nd D&E Platoon - the Ghost Platoon - who contributed to this work. Your project was very worthwhile and has resulted in not only a gripping and informative read, but also an eye opener for those who naively believe that military records and the history that arises from them are always accurate.

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