Ghost Platoon

Ghost Platoon Thirty nine years ago an Australian Army Platoon saw action in Vietnam Years later the army said they didn t exist What secrets were they trying to hide For years the Australian Defense Force stre

  • Title: Ghost Platoon
  • Author: Frank Walker
  • ISBN: 9780733626432
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thirty nine years ago an Australian Army Platoon saw action in Vietnam Years later, the army said they didn t exist What secrets were they trying to hide For 39 years the Australian Defense Force strenuously denied a unit called the 2nd Defense and Employment Platoon existed during the Vietnam War.The platoon was a makeshift rapid deployment force of 38 men, all regularThirty nine years ago an Australian Army Platoon saw action in Vietnam Years later, the army said they didn t exist What secrets were they trying to hide For 39 years the Australian Defense Force strenuously denied a unit called the 2nd Defense and Employment Platoon existed during the Vietnam War.The platoon was a makeshift rapid deployment force of 38 men, all regular troops, based at the Australian Task Force Headquarters at Nui Dat in 1969 from late April to June.The ragtag unit was thrown together with diggers left behind in Vietnam when their regiment returned to Australia It was so slapdash it didn t even have an officer or sergeant in charge.But a rugged ex Royal Marine, Jim Riddle, stepped forward to take the lead When the platoon was thrown into one of the biggest firefights of the Vietnam War against hundreds of enemy, Riddle proved his leadership, bringing all his men through unscathed and leaving the battlefield littered with enemy bodies.It was a highly successful operation, but immediately afterwards Riddle s platoon was mysteriously disbanded, the team broken up and scattered throughout the army There were no official records It was as though the platoon never existed It was a Ghost Platoon Something happened at that ambush that compelled the army to bury the platoon s existence, and the secrets that went with it.Three decades later the men of the platoon set out to prove their unit had existed They ran into bureaucratic brick walls and official denials from the top brass and official historians What s , the army strongly denied darker deeds done after the fighting, deeds which some of the men allege were war crime atrocities.This is the story of the men of the Ghost Platoon.

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    About “Frank Walker

    • Frank Walker

      Frank Walker is a veteran journalist His newspaper roles have included being chief reporter for the SUN HERALD covering defence, veterans affairs, national security and terrorism He s also worked on the Sydney Morning Herald, the National Times, for News Limited in New York, and for Deutsche Welle international radio in Germany In 2009, Hachette published his first book, The Tiger Man of Vietnam the remarkable true story of the secret war of Captain Barry Petersen in the Central Highlands of Vietnam It was a bestseller Frank followed this with his bestselling Ghost Platoon in 2012, Maralinga in 2014 and Commandos in 2015 He lives in Sydney with his family.

    197 thoughts on “Ghost Platoon

    • This is a well written book that shows what really happens in the war, not what the government or news papers say. Glad that the people of the Ghost Platoonn were finally recognised.


    • An extremely well written and detailed account, for any ex serviceman and especially Vietnam Vet, this book will ring true and touch on many points known all to well.



    • As well as being a great story, this is no holds bared yet sympathetic tale of the many issues that still plague the lives of many Australian veterans of the Vietnam war. In this short tightly written story of an attempted white wash by the Australian Army middle management, the author explores the toxic culture of the Vietnam era army and how it contributed to reducing the quality of life of many of the ordinary Australians who participated in this campaign. As a young army cadet who had broken [...]


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