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The Tiger Man of Vietnam (Hachette Military Collection) by [Walker, Frank]
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The Vietnamese hilltribes made him a demi-god. The CIA wanted to kill him. This is the remarkable true story of Australian war hero Barry Petersen.


As he flew over South East Asia towards Vietnam, Captain Barry Petersen struggled to keep an aura of calm. Inwardly he was incredibly excited. Aged 28, highly trained, with experience in anti-communist guerilla warfare, he was about to embark on the biggest and most important mission of his life.

In 1963, Australian Army Captain Barry Petersen was sent to Vietnam. It was one of the most tightly held secrets of the Vietnam War: long before combat troops set foot there and under the command of the CIA, Petersen was ordered to train and lead guerilla squads of Montagnard tribesmen against the Viet Cong in the remote Central Highlands.

Petersen successfully formed a fearsome militia, named 'Tiger Men'. A canny leader, he was courageous in battle, and his bravery saw him awarded the coveted Military Cross, and worshipped by the hill tribes.

But his success created enemies, not just within the Viet Cong. Like Marlon Brando's character in 'Apocolyse Now', some in the CIA saw Petersen as having gone native. His refusal, when asked, to turn his Tiger Men into assassins as part of the notorious CIA Phoenix Program only strengthened that belief. The CIA strongly resented anyone who stood in their way. Some in the US intelligence were determined Petersen had to go and he was lucky to make it out of the mountains alive.

The Tiger Man of Vietnam reveals the compelling true story of little-known Australian war hero Barry Petersen.


'One of those great untold stories and Walker tells it with verve and excitement and, with meticulous attention to detail' - Sydney Morning Herald

'Drips with adventure and intrigue and has at its centre a personality boys of all ages will identify with' - The Age

'Walker's finely researched book goes beyond the biographical account of an Australian war hero' - Sun Herald

'Walker's book about Petersen, The Tiger Man Of Vietnam, is well-crafted and racily written' - Weekend Australian



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4603 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0733636616
  • Publisher: Hachette Australia (1 November 2010)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006FLJX06
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #137,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Even though I went there, the book spoke of many things I knew nothing of, But I Completely Understand lots of things that went on before and after me........... Mike...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Soldier 17 November 2012
By oldrogo - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read many books re the Vietnam War, but Captain Barry Petersen carried out his duties to the highest level,inspite of the shady politics that were exercised during the war in Vietnam. He carried out his duties and did his best for the Montagnard Hill Tribe people, who had had a rough time from the North and South of Vietnam. Barry and other Australian Army Advisers were in the rough end of Vietnam,well before Australian Troops were officialy committed to this hopeless and unpopular campaign. The book brings to light many of the dirty tricks that were used in Vietnam.Barry Petersen trained his Montgnard Hills people, to hit the Viet Cong, do the required damage and get out.Captain Petersen did not always get the support from Senior members in the Australian Defence Forces.

Several years later Barry Petersen now a Major went back to Vietnam with Australian Soldiers, who were now officially involved in the Vietnam Conflict...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets of the Vietnam war disclosed 17 April 2013
By Russell - Published on Amazon.com
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`The Tiger Man of Vietnam' is a soldiers story of courage and service. Of bravery that goes above and beyond. But it reveals more than that when the spotlight turns to the political players who move the pieces on the chess board of war. Politics casts a dark shadow, and perhaps no war in our recent history has been more murky than the Vietnam war.

Sadly, (particularly in that war) the soldier doing his duty became the focus of enmity when more appropriately, the political intrigue that created the war zone should have been the target. Special Ops, CIA, money, and politics - it's all there. A valuable and revealing insight into the Vietnam conflict.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 March 2016
By BonMot - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent book about a courageous man!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative reading 24 December 2012
By Ron Strong - Published on Amazon.com
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Well written and informative shows the capabilities of Australians in being able to adapt to local situations and operate under difficult circumstances keeping their own ethics
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Tiger Man of Vietnam 12 October 2012
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was recommended to me and it did not let me down. A very good read and letting as have an insite on how our troops operate in Vietnam