This Part contains sources of reference to the RAR by other Australian Defence Force Services, non-Infantry Corps of the Australian Army, and non-military eg Police, Border Security and others. Foreign (non-Australian) sources are contained in Part 5.


ALLSOP, Nigel – Australian War Dogs: The Story of Four-legged Diggers

New Holland Publishers, Sydney, 2017

ISBN: 9781742579672

Index, 189 pages.

The authors colludes with other dog handlers from Army and Air Forces to present this history. Primarily written from the perspective of engineers using dogs as explosives locators, the book does refer to RAR battalions supported with such canine skills, as well as the RAR’s use of dogs as trackers from Malaya onwards. Includes a section on RAAF dog use.


AYLIFFE, Keith & POSNER, John – Tracks of the Dragon: A History of Australian Locating Artillery

Australian Military History Publications, Loftus NSW, 2004

ISBN: 1876439769

ISBN:   9781876439767

Index, bibliography; 340 pages.

A history of locating enemy artillery by the Australian armed forces, history of skills and equipment, locating units and locators since WW I. Sound-Ranging was then developed to detect enemy weapons and ‘target acquisition’ was born. No longer was there a reliance on the human eye to locate enemy guns and mortars. In an attempt to neutralise the enemy’s indirect-fire weapons, tactics and technology have changed dramatically since those early days. By the Vietnam War, radar was in use. Locating artillery had an important role in the battles fought by Australian RAR battalions that featured enemy indirect fire attack.


BLAXLAND, John – Signals Swift and Sure: A History of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals

Terra Australis Books, Daisy Hill, 1998

ISBN: 0646365517

Index, bibliography, endnotes, B & W illustrations; 428 pages.

Sponsored by the RASigs Corps Committee, this book focuses on the Signals Corps. Several RAR battalions are mentioned as the role played by Signals is addressed.


BURKE, Arthur – 105th Battery Royal Australian Regiment – a concise history

Arthur Burke, Brisbane, 2005

ISBN: 0-9750369-1-5

Abbreviations; 48 pages.

Author served with this unit including as its commander. The history primarily records the battery’s history and in so doing refers to the battalions of the RAR in which it fired in support in Malaya  and Vietnam, and back in Australia when not operationally deployed. Several major engagements are described.


CARMICHAEL, Max with Benfield, Frank & KEIRIN Joyce – With Skill and Fighting Craftsman of the Australian Army 1942-2014

Copyright Publishing Company, Brisbane, 2014

ISBN: 9871921452192

Colour & Black and White photographs, index, bibliography; 402 pages.

Primarily about the RAEME, this A4 size publication includes reference to the RAR battalions in Malays and Vietnam and the role played by RAEME personnel.


COLLINS, Peter (Editor) – Strike Swiftly: The Australian Commando Story

The Watermark Press, Sydney, 2005

ISBN: 094928470X

Index, bibliography, 323 pages

The story of the development of Commando units in the Australian Army, covering from World War II to the present. Includes a chapter on the conversion of 4 RAR from a light infantry battalion to a commando regiment.


CUBIS, Richmond – A History of ‘A’ Battery: New South Wales Artillery (1871-1899) Royal Australian Artillery (1899-1971)

Elizabethan Press, Sydney, 1978

ISBN: 855510129

Index, bibliography; 335 pages.

A detailed history of the Battery with mentions of the RAR to whom they provided support in Korea and then the various SE Asian conflicts.


Department of Air – The Golden Years: Royal Australian Air Force 1921-1971

AGPS, Canberra, 1971

ISBN-10: 0642981841

ISBN-13: 978-0642981844

 Colour and B & W photographs; 124 pages.

Campaigns involving RAR battalions are mentioned in the post-WW II years including Vietnam where more detailed coverage including photographs of RAR troops receiving support from the RAAF. Available at


DOOLAN, Ken: HMAS Tobruk: Warship for Every Crisis

Grinkle Press, Queanbeyan, 2007

ISBN: 0980282101

Index, bibliography, b&w photos; 157pp.

Covers 25 years of HMAS Tobruk’s service in the Royal Australian Navy. Includes support to several deployments of RAR units and personnel including Operation Solace – Somalia 1993, Operation Bel Isi – Bougainville, Operations Warden and Stabilise – East Timor, Operations Plumbob and Trek – The Solomons, as well as other exercise and operational deployments in support of ADF-wide endeavours. Many RAR members will have memories of traveling on or being supported by this ship over the years.


DAVIES, Bruce & McKAY, Gary – The Men Who Perserved: AATTV

Allen & Unwin Australia, Sydney, 2005

ISBN: 1741148316

Index, bibliography, 418 pages.

Includes Nominal Roll and Foreign Awards to members of the AATTV 1962-72. The most highly decorated unit of the Vietnam War. Some references to the RAR battalions.


DUNN, J B ‘Lofty’ – Eagles Alighting

Impact Printing, Hawthorn VIC, 1999

ISBN: 0646373234

Index, bibliography; 320 pages.

A history of the 1st Australian Parachute Battalion also including an outline of the Parachute Training School and 3 RAR (Parachute).


EVANS, Air Marshal David – War: A matter of principles

Palgrave Macmillan, 1997

ISBN-10: 0333699165

ISBN-13: 978-0333699164

Index, bibliography; 183 pages.

Among a review of the principles of warfare in recent times, this book contains a brief account in Korea and Vietnam of the RAR’s activities relative to the use of surprise. One of several in the RUSI Defence Studies series.


FAHEY, John – The factory: The official history of the Australian Signals Directorate Volume 1

Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest NSW, 2023

ISBN: 9781761067723

Illustrated, index, bibliography; 568 pages.

The story of Australia’s talented signals intelligence unit and its role as a national agency including a member of the five eyes signals intelligence system. The agency’s involvement with the RAR in SE Asia appears in the later chapters.


GLADWIN, Michael – Captains of the Soul: A history of the Australian Army Chaplains

Big Sky Publishing Pty Ltd, Newport NSW, 2013

ISBN: 978-1-922132-52-9

Bibliography, index, end notes, B & W photographs; 398 pages.

Coverage of chaplaincy in post-World War II conflicts up to and including Vietnam; includes references to RAR battalions with whom the chaplaincy served.


GOODMAN, Rupert – Our war nurses: the history of the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps

Boolarong Publications, Bowne Hills, 1988

ISBN: 9780864390400

Illustrated, maps, index; 294 pages.

A Corps history; RAANC personnel have been deployed in support of virtually all RAR deployments; providing the bulk of the patients since 1948. Some RAR individuals are in photos and units mentioned in the text.


GOODMAN, Rupert – Queensland nurses: Boer war to Vietnam

Boolarong Publications, Bowne Hills, 1985

ISBN: 98781925522310

Illustrations, index. 280 pages.

Provides insight into the experiences of wounded and sick RAR members at the hands of Queensland Army nurses. Photos include RAR individuals relevant sections post-WW II.


GOODMAN, Rupert – Queensland nurses: Boer war to Vietnam (2nd Edition)

Boolarong Publications, Salisbury, 2017

ISBN: 0908175949

Illustrations, index. 387 pages.

Provides insight into the experiences of wounded and sick RAR members at the hands of Queensland Army nurses. Photos include RAR individuals relevant sections post-WW II.


GREVILLE, Brigadier P.J. CBE, BE – The Royal Australian Engineers 1945 to 1972 – Paving the Way: The 4th volume of the history of the Royal Australian Engineers

Publishing Services Loftus Australia, Canberra, 2002

ISBN 10: 0959687106

ISBN 13: 9780959687101

Index, 978 pages.

One of a four Volume set produced by the Corps Committee of the royal Australian engineers, it describes the events of the years 1945 to 1972, the end of the Corps’ involvement in the Vietnam War, and covers the various activities of the Corps throughout the period in some detail. All nine RAR Battalions of the time are mentioned throughout.


GREY, J & DENNIS, P – From past to future: the Australian experience of air/land operations

Publication source is unknown in this online resource. There is no Contents  in this 101-page document, but a rapid scroll through it locates the papers by heading. Endnotes are provided.

A series of seminar papers addressing the Air/Land support capabilities and experiences, including air support operations in Korea, Vietnam, during peacetime and projected into the future. RARs are mentioned in some of the papers, giving context to actual operations. Accessible at .


GREY, Jeffery – Up Top: The Royal Australian Navy and Southeast Asian Conflicts 1955-1972

Allen & Unwin in association with the Australian War Memorial, Sydney, 1998

ISBN: 1864482907

Index, bibliography; 380 pages.

One of the Official History Series, the book includes information of RAN support to 1ATF and Battalions of the RAR in South Vietnam. Roll of Honour, Honours and awards to RAN personnel (all campaigns) are included.


HALPIN, Jacqui – Australia remembers 6 – Wartime nurses: care and compassion

Big Sky Publishing, Newport NSW, 2022

ISBN: 9781922615602

Illustrated; 72 pages.

Book 6 in the Australia Remembers series. Australia Remembers 6: Care and Compassion – Wartime Nurses shines a light on the remarkable women, and later men, who have served, and continue to serve Australia during times of war, conflict and natural disasters. The hardships, dangers and sorrows they faced is made accessible to younger readers and highlights the outstanding contribution of these often-forgotten heroes. Most of their wound patients are RAR members


HORNER, D. M. – The Gunners: A History of Australian Artillery

Allen & Unwin Australia, St Leonards NSW, 1995

ISBN: 1863739173

Index, bibliography; 564 pages.

All Battalions of the Regiment are mentioned in this classic coverage of the Australian Artillery over time up to the date of publication.


HORNER, D.M. – SAS: Phantoms of War

Allen & Unwin Australia, St Leonards NSW, 1989

ISBN: 0045200068

Index, bibliography; 527 pages.

All Battalions of the Regiment feature in this history of the SASR.


HULSE, George – In Dogs We Trust – We are the war dog team and this is our story

Self-published, 2017


 Index, photographs; 179 pages. Primarily about Engineer and RAAF use of war dogs, this book is based heavily on personal interviews with dog handlers and their customers. Covers infantry/RAR handlers and mentions RAR battalions and deployment groups in Afghanistan and Iraq that included such elements, mainly in one chapter. A supplementary chapter has since been published and is on-line at .


LAKIN, Shaune – Contact – Photographs from the Australian War Memorial Collection

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 2006

ISBN: 0975190466

Index, bibliographical references; 283 pages.

The first authoritative survey of the Australian War Memorial’s photographic collection, and of the history of Australian war photography more broadly. These photographs are reproduced alongside a detailed discussion of the history of Australian war photography and the Memorial’s photographic collection. The RAR is represented.


LAX, Mark – Taking the Lead: The Royal Australian Air Force 1972-1996

Big Sky Publishing, Newport NSW, 2020

ISBN: 978192265951

Bibliography, index; illustrated; 460 pages.

Addresses RAAF training and operations from the end of the Vietnam War which included support for the RARs.


LEONARD, Bob, OAM, BEM (Editor) – Their Service Our Heritage:1885-1998, the Story of the Medicos

Westpac Sub-branch RSL (NSW Branch, Sydney, 1998

ISBN: 0 646 35214 8

Black and white photographs; 142 pages.

This book comprises 51 articles from a range of health care professionals in the Australian Armed forces over the period and refers to all RAR battalions.


LINDSAY, Neville – Equal to the Task: Volume 1 The Royal Australian Army Service Corps

Historia Productions Australia, Kenmore QLD, 1992

ISBN: 0646067079

Index, bibliography; 511 pages.

Some Battalions are briefly mentioned in relation to the support provided by them by the RAASC.


LITTLETON, James (MSC) – With the Armed Forces: Australian MSC Service Chaplains 1915-2003

Missionaries of the Sacred heart (MSC), Coogee NSW, 2009


Colour and B & W photographs; 72 pages.

One of these chaplains was CAPT Ray Johnson who was posted to 8/9 RAR in 1981.


MACDOUGALL, Anthony Keith – Australians at War: A Pictorial History

Five Mile Press, Victoria, 2007

ISBN: 9781741789577

Index, bibliography; 368 pages.

Australians have fought in overseas wars for more than a century. This new edition brings their remarkable story up to date and includes an account of recent operations in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq. Eleven editions were published between 2002 and 2007; expect more.


MALONE, M. J. – SAS Rendezvous

Imprimatur Books, xxxx, 2007

ISBN: 1 9210 3698 2

248 pages includes index.

Mentions the RAR Battalions. Jubilee Edition.


 MALONE, M. J. (Editor) – SAS Pictorial History of the Australian Special Air Service 1957-1997

Access Press, xxxx, 1997

ISBN: 0864451148

Index; 416 pages,

Includes pictures of RAR activities over several conflicts.


 McCARTHY, Dayton – The Once and Future Army: A History of the CMF, 1947-1974

Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2003

ISBN: 0195515692  

Index, bibliography; 303 pages.

This post-WW II history addresses the Citizen Military Forces (CMF), the predecessor to today’s Army Reserve. Once numerically superior to the Australian Regular Army, it was the predominant component of the Army until the changing nature of warfare led to the dominant use of professional soldiers posted to full-time units. This book illustrates its organization, role and social composition along with the rivalry with the Regular Army, and unfortunate development in an Army that is comprised of all natures of service to fulfil its role.


McCULLAGH, Catherine – Willingly into the Fray: One Hundred Years of Australian Army Nursing

Big Sky Publishing, Sydney, 2010

ISBN: 9780980658262

Index, bibliography; 496 pages.

A journey through the lives of Army nurses from the early days of 1899 to modern times. Some more recent activities of the RAR are included in the later chapters which deal with deployments in which the RAR has served.


McPHEDRAN, Ian – The Amazing SAS: the inside story of Australia’s special forces (also titled Amazing Special Air Service)

Harper Collins, Sydney, 2007

ISBN 9780732279844 & 073227984

Index; 382 pages.

A coverage of the SASR, including references to RAR battalions and individuals.


NELSON Robert, MARGAN Frank, BREEN Peter, REID Stuart, EVANS David, – A Pictorial History of Australians at War

Paul Hamlyn Australia, Sydney, 1970

ISBN: 0600369560

Pictorial; 323 pages.

Provides an overview in commentary and pictures of all conflicts involving Australia up to Vietnam in 1970.


NELSON Robert, MARGAN Frank, BREEN Peter, REID Stuart, EVANS David, – A Pictorial History of Australians at War

Paul Hamlyn Australia, Sydney, 1980

ISBN: 072710439X

Pictorial; 323 pages.

An updated coverage of Australians at War from 1885 onward.


O’CONNOR, John – Australian Airborne: the history and insignia of Australian military parachuting

John O’Connor, Kingsgrove NSW, 2005

ISBN: 095742117

Maps, index, bibliography; 440 pages.

Includes coverage of Airborne Platoon RAR; 3 RAR, 4 RAR (Commando) and D Coy 6RAR.


NICHOLLS, Rochelle – The Korean Kid

Big Sky Publishing, Newport NSW, 2020


Endnotes; 294 pages.

The story of a young Australian pilot’s baptism of fire in the jet fighter age. He served in Korea and during Konfrontasi and mentions several RARs whom he flew in support of. Useful for a fighter pilot’s perspective of the ground war.


ODGERS, George – Across the Parallel – Korean air War

William Heineman Ltd, Melbourne, 1952


Index, illustrated; 239 pages.

A RAAF account of Australia’s 77th Squadron’s role in the war. Refers to 3 RAR and the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade to whom they rendered close air support. Odgers later authored the RAAF Official History of the war against Japan.


ODGERS, George – Diggers: The Australian Army, Navy and Air Force in Eleven Wars from 1860 to 1994

Lansdowne, Sydney, 1994

ISBN: 1863023879 (vol 2)

Index, Roll of Honour for VC Winners; 543 pages

Covers all the post-WWII campaigns to the date of publication.


ODGERS, George- 100 Years of Australians At War

New Holland Publishers Australia, French’s Forest NSW, 2001

ISBN: 1864367636

Index; 400 pages.

Revised and updated version of “Diggers”. Covers the involvement of Australians in conflicts from the Boer War to the First Gulf War and also covers Australia’s continuing rise as a keeper of the peace under the auspices of the United Nations. Several editions, including 2003.


OPPENHEIMER, Melanie – The Power of Humanity: 100 years of Australian Red Cross 1914-2014

Harper Collins Publishers, Sydney, 2014
ISBN: 36 009 913517

Index, Illustrations; 328 pages.

This wide-ranging coverage of the Red Cross during wartime contains five Parts, 11 Chapters, Red cross Awards and a Nominal Roll. Mentions RAR members and battalions in the post-WW II section where the relationship between the Red Cross and the ADF while deployed is addressed.


OSWALD, Bruce & WADDELL, Jim (Editors) – Justice in Arms; Military Lawyers in the Australian Army’s First Hundred Years; Australian Army Legal Corps

Big Sky Publishing Pty Ltd, Sydney, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-922132-50-5

Photographs, index, appendices, bibliography; 575 pages

This history of the Australian Army Legal Corps traces both the political and institutional imperatives as well as the many colourful characters who managed this interaction. It describes the extraordinary contribution of Army legal officers to both the profession of arms and the development of the law. While the majority of Army Legal Officers were lawyers in their first career, many had also initially served in other Army roles and other Corps including as officers and other ranks of the RAR in the Vietnam War before qualifying in law. There is a dedicated chapter on the Vietnam War written by an ex-RAR officer including coverage of its Australian murder trials by court martial. The final chapter involves the many Australian Army operations overseas to the year 2000 including as part of United Nations forces.


PALAZZO, Albert – Defenders of Australia: The Third Australian Division – Citizen Soldiers in the Service of Australia

Australian Military History Publications, Loftus NSW, 2002

ISBN: 1876439033

Index, bibliography, list of tables; 245 pages.

Detailed study which connects the CMF/ARES members of the 3rd Division (a prominently Reserve Division since WW II) to the Royal Australian Regiment when ex-citizen soldiers served in the RAR battalions, including overseas.


PALAZZO, Albert – The Royal Australian Corps of Transport: A History of Australian Army Transport 1973-2000

Australian Military History Publications, Loftus NSW, 2000

ISBN: 1-876439-80-7

Index, B & W photographs, tables, appendices; 185 pages.


PEARCY, Arthur – Dakota at war

Unwin and Allan, London, 1982

ISBN: 9780711012171

Illustrated; 128 pages.

History of the use of Dakotas including by the RAAF in support of RAR and other troops.

In the coverage of this Corps history, several RAR battalions are mentioned.


PEEL, Jack –Tarra: the story of Army small ships

Big Sky Publishing, Newport NSW, 2020


Illustrated, End notes, appendix with small ship data; 213 pages.

The RAR rates a small mention in this book which provides an account of the operation of Army small ships in support of land operations.


PERRY, Warren – The Naval and Military Club: a history of its first hundred years 1881-1981

Lothian Publishing Company, Melbourne, 1981

ISBN: 0850911494

Illustrated, maps, index, bibliography; 435 pages.

A private club history which includes some detail on RAN support to some deployments involving the RAR battalions.


STEPHENS, Alan – The Royal Australian Air Force: The Australian Centenary History of Defence Volume II

Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, 2001

ISBN: 0 19 554115 4

Interviews, Select Bibliography, Chapter Notes, Index; 340 pages.

This volume in The Australian Centenary History of Defence series of seven volumes provides data on the RAAF. While it does not mention the RAR, it includes data on all of the RAAF assets that have supported or transported RAR members from the Occupation of Japan onwards. It includes a section on Air Base Butterworth which RAR battalions sometimes moved through and at which where RAAF units were based and protected non-stop by RAR and other rifle company groups from 1970 to 1989 during the Communist Insurgency. Useful background to RAR operations studies.


STEVENS, David – The Royal Australian Navy: The Australian Centenary History of Defence Volume III

Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, 2001

ISBN: 0 19 554116 2

Foldout ship’s diagrams, Notes, Appendices, Further reading, Index; 336 pages.

This volume in The Australian Centenary History of Defence series of seven volumes provides data on the RAN. While it does not mention the RAR, all members of the RAR who have been transported to, from or during exercises and deployments will find the fold out cutaway diagrams of those vessels a unique and interesting source of visual information. Sections on supply and naval support are also covered in a manner that Army publications do not. Useful background to RAR operations.


TYQUIN, Michael – Little by Little: A Centenary History of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps

Australian Military History Publications, Loftus NSW, 2003

ISBN: 1 876 439 15 7

Index, Bibliography, photographs, maps, illustrations; 684 pages.

Covers all campaigns in which the RAAMC served; Vietnam gets significant detail among the post-WW II campaigns (understandable given relative casualty rates). Most RAR battalions are mentioned; all battalions included RAAMC personnel.


VADER, John – ANZAC: The Story of the Anzac Soldier

New English Library, London, 1970

ISBN: 0450006727

127 pages.

The Regiment appears in the latter pages of this book which is a useful overview of the Australian soldier, primarily Infantry, who created the legend of the ANZACs which is in part continued by members of the Royal Australian Regiment.


WILSON, David – Seek and strike: 75 Squadron RAAF, 1942-2002

Banner Books, Maryborough QLD, 2002

Black & white illustrations, index; 229

ISBN 10: 1875593233

ISBN 13: 9781875593231pages.

75 Sqn was used to train pilots for Korea who then supported 1,2 and 3 RAR. It went on to fly in support of a range of RAR training and operational deployments including while operationally deployed to Air Base Butterworth, Malaysia and later in Iraq from 2003.




HURST, Doug – The Forgotten Few: 77 RAAF Squadron in Korea 1950-53

Allen & Unwin Australia, Crows Nest NSW, 2008

ISBN 9781741755008

Index, maps; 256 pages.

The story of the men of the RAAF’s No 77 fighter squadron, the only RAAF squadron to take part in the Korean War, initially with propeller-driven WW II vintage Mustangs which were replaced by Meteor jet fighters when the Chinese, with their MiG 15s, entered the war. Support to ground troops including the three RAR battalions in Korea is mentioned.


WILSON, Graham – Accommodating the King’s Hard Bargain: Military Detention in the Australian Army 1914 – 1947

Big Sky Publishing, Newport NSW, 2016

ISBN: 9781925275834

Black and white photographs, index; 706 pages.

This book covers WWII and onwards part when the RAR was formed, and mentions RAR barttalions against the background of the major campaigns of WWII.


SOUTH EAST ASIA 1950-current

(includes Malaya, Borneo, Singapore & Malaysia)


BLACKELY, Andrew Bradford – Malaya – the undeclared war: my story

Self-published, 2019

ISBN-10: 1520354843

ISBN-13: 978-1520354842

Photographs, index; 59 pages.

British author’s perspective of the Malayan Emergency; useful soldier’s eye view of operations against the CT, much the same as RAR troops would have experienced.


FOLLOWS R & POPHAM, H – The jungle beat: fighting terrorists in Malaya 1951-61

Eye books direct, London, 1999

ISBN-10: 0953057577

ISBN-13: 978-0953057573

Photographs, index; 224 pages.

British perspective of the war in Malaya that involved 1, 2 and 3 RAR.


LAX, Mark – Malaysian Emergency and Indonesian Confrontation 1950 to 1966

Big Sky Publishing, Newport NSW, 2021

ISBN: 9781922488947

Illustrated, maps, index; 278 pages.

Australia’s involvement in the Malayan Emergency from 1950 to 1960 and later in a Confrontation with Indonesia in the 1960s is little remembered today. Yet the deployment of over a third of the RAAF to support the British and Malayan governments in what became a long war of attrition against communist insurgents in the former case, and against Indonesian regulars and militia in the latter, kept the RAAF engaged for over 15 years. 1, 2, 3 and 4 RAR served in these campaigns during which the RAAF air support was vital. One of the RAAF Air Campaign series. 


MORDIKE, John (Ed) – South East Asian Commitments 1950-1965: The Proceedings of the 1997 RAAF History Conference

RAAF Airpower Studies Centre, Canberra, 1998

ISBN: 061226516X

136 pages.

These proceedings, downloadable also from ‘ include operations in Malaya and Malaysia providing ground support to the deployed RARs.


SMITH, Alan H – GUNNERS IN BORNEO – Artillery During Confrontation 1962-66

Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company, Manly NSW, 2008

ISBN: 9780980393309                                

Index, illustrations, maps; 184 pages.

Covers the onset of Indonesian confrontation with Malaysia in 1961 and the subsequent military reaction by the security forces (British Commonwealth) to stop that insurgency war spreading to Kalimantan, Sabah and Brunei in North Borneo, and Malaya/Singapore up to cessation of hostilities in 1966. The main theme covers the role of artillery (field and locating branches) in supporting RAR infantry patrols and guarding borders with Indonesia.


VIETNAM 1962-75


2nd Field Ambulance Vietnam 1966/7 (first of 4)


Video, privately compiled, 14 mins 25 secs.

2nd Field Ambulance was committed to Vietnam in March 1966 to support the Australian forces. Stationed at Vung Tau from 1 April 1966 until 5 July 1967, with an Advanced Dressing Station at Nui Dat.  It played a major caring role for the Australian casualties, most of whom were RAR members, some of whom can be seen in this audio-visual record. Accessible at


2nd Field Ambulance Vietnam 1966/7 (second of 4)


Video, privately compiled, 14 mins 25 secs.

2nd Field Ambulance was committed to Vietnam in March 1966 to support the Australian forces. Stationed at Vung Tau from 1 April 1966 until 5 July 1967, with an Advanced Dressing Station at Nui Dat.  It played a major caring role for the Australian casualties, most of whom were RAR members, some of whom can be seen in this audio-visual record. Accessible at


ANDERSON, Paul – When the Scorpion Stings: The History of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Vietnam, 1965 -1972

Allen & Unwin Australia, Crows Nest NSW, 2002

ISBN: 9781865087436

Index; 318 pages.

3 Cavalry Regiment was the first unit involved in the establishment of 1 ATF at Nui Dat and the last to leave. RAR Battalions are mentioned. Nominal Roll included for 3 Cav Regt troops.


Army Nurses in Vietnam (F03240)

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1971

16mm/b&w/sound, 8 mins 25 secs.

Activities of the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps in South Vietnam filmed by the Directorate of Public Relations (DPR206). Nurses are shown caring for and assisting in operations on wounded soldiers in the Australian hospital in Vung Tau during the Vietnam War. Most patients were RAR soldiers, and many will be identified by fellow veterans who knew them. See


AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL – Impressions Australians in Vietnam

Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1997

ISBN: 0642280592

24 pages.

Educational notes for teachers and students on the Vietnam War. The RAR is mentioned.


BARLOW, Pam (Ed) – The Longest Mile: A Nurse in the Vietnam War (1968-69)

Self-published, Townsville, 2006

ISBN: 0 646 453483

Maps, B & W photographs, glossary; 142pp.

Story of Nursing Sister JBF MacLeod based on her letters home. Foreword by RAR BRIG N H Weekes AM MC who was himself a casualty treated at 1st Field Hospital at Vung Tau where the great majority of casualties treated were also RAR soldiers. Several RAR battalions are mentioned and some images include such members.


BARR, Marshall – Surgery, Sand and Saigon Tea: An Australian Army Doctor in Vietnam

Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest NSW, 2001

ISBN: 1 86508 463 8

Black and white photographs, Glossary, Index; 252 pages.

A surgeon’ perspective of the war; where the great majority of casualties treated were RAR members, many of whom could read about themselves being cared for through the anonymity of this record. Individual RAR members are mentioned by name to give context to this narrative.


BATE, Ray – Military PoliceThe First in South Vietnam May 1965

Raymond Bate, Isle of Capri QLD, 2007

ISBN: 9780949749857

Maps, bibliography; 38 pages.

Covers the 1st Australian MP Section in South Vietnam from May 1965 to May 1966. Often regarded as “the other enemy” by the RAR, but in aside from disciplinary support tasks, their duties in protection support was vital.


BIEDERMANN, Narelle – Tears on My Pillow: Australian Nurses in Vietnam

Random House Australia, Sydney, 2004

ISBN: 1740511999

Index, 250 pages.

43 Australian Army nursing sisters served in South Vietnam between April 1967 and November 1971 for up to 12 months. The RAR is not directly mentioned however the great majority of casualties treated, and the reason why the nurses were deployed to South Vietnam was the RAR. The story provides a ‘behind the scenes’ aspect to the care of those who became casualties. RAR members married some of these nurses. Nominal Roll of nurses.


BOWDEN, T – One crowded hour: Neil Davis, combat cameraman

Harper Collins Publishers, Melbourne, 2013

ISBN: 0002174960

B &W photographs; 436 pages.

Davis’ eleven years’ coverage of the conflict in Indo-China featured Davis being the only western cameraman to film with the South Vietnamese army and once actually managed to cross over battle lines to film with the Viet Cong. Davis also covered the war in Cambodia and Laos. In 1975 he scooped the world’s press by filming the taking of Saigon’s Presidential Palace. Ironically in September 1985, having survived so much war, Neil Davis was killed while filming an attempted coup in the streets of Bangkok. Incredibly his still-running camera captured his own death. Coverage of the Vietnam war in which all RAR fought.


BRADFORD, David – The Gunner’s Doctor: Vietnam Letters

Random House Australia, North Sydney, 2007

ISBN: 978 1 74166 470 6

Glossary: 313 pages.

Author’s recounting of his tour of duty in Vietnam in 1968-9 where he served as a doctor. Based on his letters home and kept by his mother, the author recounts multiple references to the RAR battalions which comprised the bulk of the combat troops deployed.


BRAYLEY, Annabelle – Our Vietnam Nurses

Penguin House, Australia, 2016

ISBN: 9780143797029

Maps, photographs, 320 pp.

A history which pays totally deserved tribute to the nurses of the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps who served in Vietnam tending the wounded and ill soldiers, primarily RAR members. RAR members feature in the book and are identifiable in several photographs. Most battalions also mentioned.


BROWN Malcolm, MacGLADRIE, Stuart & SUTTON, Candice – Your Leaving Tomorrow – Conscripts and Correspondents Caught up in the Vietnam War

Random House Australia, Sydney, 2007

ISBN: 9781741665819

Maps; 208 pages.

Anti-war story based on the experiences of conscripts and the media covering the war in South Vietnam. Some mention of 1 RAR and 5 RAR, with pictures of 1 RAR.


CAMERON, Bruce – Canister! On! Fire!

Big Sky Publishing, Newport NSW, 2012

ISBN 978192119411993 (hbk) Vol 1 & Vol 2

Vol 1 – Index, 541 pages

Vol 2 – Index, Nominal Roll, bibliography, 377 pages

Two volume book, featuring the liberal use of maps and photographs to help tell the story of Squadrons of the 1st Armoured Regiment fighting their own battle or in support of the RAR battalions they supported. An extensive and very detailed history with numerous individuals and units identified.


CAMERON, Martin – A Look at the Bright Side

Detail Printing, Richmond VIC, 1988

ISBN: 0731642376

100 pages.

Derisive humour based on flippant ridicule of the reasons for the war. There were two choices in Vietnam – laugh or cry. According to this book, the Aussie soldiers did both as they coped. The RAR is represented.


CAMPBELL, Colin –  More Bang for No Bucks – self-propelled artillery used by Australian cavalry in Vietnam 1967-68

Publisher TBA

ISBN:     978-0-9870720-0-9

Index, 24 pages of colour photographs; 116 pages.

This book describes the unique story of armoured, artillery and infantry soldiers drawn together in Vietnam in 1967-68 to form 6 Troop, A Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment. The Troop served in six M108 self-propelled howitzers, loaned at no cost from the US Army and primarily provided defensive fire support at Nui Dat.


CARROLL, JR – Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Royal Australian Navy in Vietnam 1965-1972

Rosenberg Publishing, Dural NSW, 2013

ISBN: 9781922013491

Bibliography, References, Index; 216 pages.

An RAN history of their war, with references to the RARs moved to and from Vietnam by Navy, especially HMAS Sydney and supported throughout by the rest of the fleet and its air arm.


COULTHARD-CLARK, Chris – The RAAF in Vietnam: Australia’s Air Involvement in the Vietnam War 1962-1975

Allen & Unwin in association with the Australian War Memorial, Crows Nest, 1995

ISBN: 1863733051

Index, bibliography; 412 pages.

This volume from the Official History series for this period covers the RAAF’s air operations in Vietnam and includes its support to the RAR. Awards and Decorations included.


EATHER, Steve – Get the bloody job done: the Royal Australian Navy Vietnam Helicopter Flight and the 135th Assault Helicopter Company 1967-71

Allen & Unwin, St Leonards NSW, 1998

ISBN: 1864488026

Maps, photographs’ bibliography; 166 pages.

RAN role in the medevac of casualties during the Vietnam War, most of whom were RAR patients.


EATHER, Steve – Target Charlie: the exciting story of Australia’s air war in Vietnam

Aerospace Publications, Canberra, 1993

ISBN: 1875671048

Photographs, index, bibliography; 132 pages.

The story of Australia’s air war in Vietnam. Includes details of 35 Squadron (DHC Caribou), 161 Independent Reconnaissance Flight (Sioux Kiowa Cessna 180 Bird Dog Pilatus Porter), 9 Squadron (Bell Iroquois) and 2 Squadron (Canberra). Includes Roll of Honour, unit awards for 2 Squadron, and British Commonwealth Awards for operations service to RAAF and Army Aviation. Reference to ground attack and other support roles to Army, the bulk being RAR.


FAIRFAX, Denis –Navy in Vietnam – a record of the Royal Australian Navy in the Vietnam war 1965-1972

Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 1980

ISBN: 0642028214

Illustrated, index, references; 232 pages.

Includes details of Naval operations in support of the war on the land and features the ‘Vung Tau Ferry’ as RAR members who travelled to and from Vietnam fondly remember HMAS Sydney and its escort ships.


FLETCHER, Larry Elton – Charlie Chasers: History of USAF AC-119 shadow gunships in the Vietnam war

L & R Publishing, New York, 2013

ISBN: 1555717314

Photographs, index; 300 pages.

Tells the story of the AC-119 Shadow gunships which wreaked havoc on the enemy during the Vietnam War. The fixed-wing aircraft provided close fire support of U.S. and friendly troops including RAR battalions with the ability to fire up to 6,000 rounds per minute and deliver it with deadly accuracy. Ground troops came to rely on the AC-119 as dependable aerial defenders of fire support bases and other defended locations.


FLORENCE, Brian – History of 1 Field Squadron Group, Royal Australian Engineers, South Vietnam 1965 – 1972

Corps Committee of the Royal Australian Engineers, Moorebank NSW, 2013

ISBN: 9780646906300

Maps, plans, images, indexes of operations and awards, honour roll; 379 pages.

A history of this group’s tours of duty in Vietnam, most of which was in support of the RAR battalions over the time which are mentioned.


FURLONGER, Brian (Ed) – Then and now: ABC correspondents abroad

ABC Books, Sydney, 1981

ISBN-10: 0642972702

ISBN-13: 978-0642972705

112 pages.

ABC correspondents’ perspective of covering the Vietnam War where all RAR battalions served.


GODFREY, John & Burrow, Bruce (Eds)- Gunners Vietnam 67-68

Peregrine Publishing, North Hobart, 2016

ISBN: 9780994639608

Index, over 150 maps and Illustrations, 100 pages.

106 Field Battery, 4th Field Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery operated from numerous Fire Support Bases throughout South Vietnam in 1967-68, as well as from Nui Dat. As primarily the direct support battery for 7 RAR its men and guns played a crucial part in the Battle of Suoi Chau Pha and the 68 Tet Offensive Battle of the Bunkers.


GOWER, Steve – Rounds Complete: An Artillery Observer in Vietnam

Big Sky Publishing, Sydney, 2017

ISBN: 978192552053

Bibliography, Index; 224 pages.

The author served in the 101st Field Battery as a forward observer with the 5 and 6 RAR, tasked to provide ‘timely, accurate and effective fire support’ of the Australian artillery, providing deadly firepower to support the soldiers who battled both the jungle and its shadowy inhabitants. He describes living the life of an infantry soldier, tramping the ground and joining his infantry mates in a variety of operations including search and destroy, cordon and search, heliborne and road-protection operations and company patrols from forward operating bases.


GUEST, Robert – The Team In Pictures 1962-1972

Canberra Printing Services, Canberra, 1972

ISBN: 0646104446

Index; 184 pages.

AATTV pictorial record; contains many pictures of RAR personalities.


HAM, Paul (Ed) – Captain Bullen’s War: The Vietnam War Diary of Captain Paul Bullen

Harper Collins, Sydney, 2009

ISBN-10 : ‎ 0732288436

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0732288433

Illustrated; 474 pages.

 Bullen commanded the map-producing section of the Australian Task Force during 1968. Refers to a range of his ‘customers’, including 1st ATF and RAR battalions. Insight value for the vital mapping function upon which all troops depended.


HOLLOWAY, David – Hooves, wheels and tracks: a history of the 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse Regiment and its predecessors

Regimental trustees of the 4th/19th Prince of Wales’s Light Horse Regiment, Fitzroy VIC, 1990

ISBN: 0731690427

Illustrations, maps, bibliography; 850 pages.

One troop of this unit served with 1 RAR in Vietnam, Bien Hoa Province in 1965-6.


HOPKINS, R.N.L – Australian Armour: History of the RAAC 1927-1972

Australian War Memorial & Australian Government Printing Service, Canberra, 1978

ISBN: 0642994072 & 0642994145 (pbk)

Index, maps, bibliography; 371 pages.

Military operations in the Vietnam War, major history produced by a prominent Royal Australian Armoured Corps officer. Refers to RAR battalions with whom armour fought in support.


GRANDIN, Bob – Answering the Call: Life of a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and beyond

Big Sky Publishing, Newport NSW, 2019

ISBN: 9781922265401

Index, photographs; 262 pages.

Includes helicopter support to the Battle for Long Tan involving 6 RAR, and other operations. Other RAR battalions and personalities mentioned.


HOLMAN, Vicki RH – A Civilian Surgeon in Vietnam 1967-68

Boolarong Press, Salisbury QLD, 2015

ISBN: 9781925236293

B & W and colour photographs; 191 pages.

An account of the trials and tribulations of the Australian Surgical Team sent to Bien Hoa from September 1967 to September 1968. The RAR is briefly mentioned when members of 6 RAR visited the Surgical Team.


LEWIS, Stephen – Voyages to Vietnam: Photographs by Australian naval and military veterans of the Vietnam conflict

My Vietnam Trust, Adelaide, 2006

ISBN: 0 957908 0 3 paperback

Photographs, index; 207 pages.

Primarily a photographic record with captains and description which identify primarily RAN assets and personnel but also includes Army including RAR personnel.


Life of a door gunner


YouTube, 8 min 31sec video.

Ex-RAAF door gunner Victor Smith (Airfield Defence Guard)  9 Squadron provides a narrative of a typical door gunner’s missions. Footage includes RAR casualties in medevac, and troops on the ground during machine gun fire suppression in support.

Accessible at


MANGOLD, Tom & PENYCATE, John – The Tunnels of Chu Chi

Pan Books, London, 1986

ISBN – none

Index; 287 pages.

The story of the secret tunnels in Vietnam, which became the battleground for an extraordinary war fought deep underground; includes the Royal Australian Regiment’s involvement.


McKAY, Gary & NICHOLAS, Graeme – Jungle Tracks: Australian Armour in Vietnam

Allen & Unwin Australia, Crows Nest NSW, 2001

ISBN: 1865084492

Index, bibliography; 325 pages.

Veterans of the Armoured Corps share their experiences of fighting in the jungles and paddi fields. RAR units and individuals are named in many joint actions. Particularly good examples are provided of infantry-tank co-operation, where the main battle tanks proved their worth in terrain considered very unsuited to tanks.


McMILLAN-KAY, Robert M – Vietnam: A Technical Tour with the 1st Topographical Survey Troop

Self-published, Maleny, QLD, 2002

ISBN: 0959103015

Illustrated, index, maps; 172 pages.

Author provides a technical coverage of the world of survey and mapping during the Vietnam War, vital to the war fighting effort and essential to RAR operations.


McNEILL, Ian – The Team: Australian Army Advisers in Vietnam 1962-1972

The Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1984

ISBN: 0642877025

Index, bibliography; 534 pages.

Some of the battalions are mentioned. Honour Roll, Nominal Roll, Awards.


MODYSTACK, Neville J – The Pony Soldiers: The Australian Light Horse Vietnam 1965-1966

Australian Military History Publications, Loftus NSW, 2003

ISBN: 1876439572 & 9781876439576

Index, bibliography; 112 pages.

This unit worked primarily in support of 1RAR but 5RAR is also briefly mentioned.


MOORE, Peter & PLEACE, Trevor (Compilers) – Vietnam Lives: Works by Australian Vietnam Veterans from the sixties to the eighties

P Moore, Toukley NSW, 1986

BIB ID: 1545544

ISBN – Nil

76 pages.

A book of poems, sketches and photographs. Limited to 1,000 copies.


MORDIKE, John (Editor) –The RAAF in the War in Vietnam: The Proceedings of the 1998 RAAF History Conference

RAAF Air Power Studies Centre, Canberra, 1999

ISBN: 0642265372

Bibliographical references; 108 pages.

Provides an interesting background to RAAF activities in Vietnam and operational support to 1ATF, of particular interest to the RAR are the presentations on the helicopter operations of 9 Squadron and Major General John Hartley’s – The Platoon Commander’s War, providing perspectives on his service with 5 RAR during 1966-67 and the RAAF support as perceived at that level.


MOREMON, John assisted by PAGE-ALLEN, Courtney, – Vietnam: Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial

Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Canberra, 2002

ISBN: 1920720057

“Publication no: P714”; 71 pages.

Contains photographs and text of the Vietnam conflict and the National Memorial, recognising the service personnel, including the RAR, who served there.


MORISON, Russ – Peas, Beans and Bullets – Aussie Soldiers Supporting the Combat Force – Recognising the Service of Australian Supply Platoon Soldiers in the Vietnam War

Trendsetting Printing, Fyschwick ACT, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-646-99938-8

Maps, photographs, bibliography, addenda; 119 pages.

A logistic support function book, it also refers to 1RAR and 6 RAR, including the Battles of Coral and Balmoral. General reference to all battalions which formed the bulk of the troops supported in the Vietnam War.


MORISON, Russ – Sustaining the fight – RAASC operations in Vietnam

Self-published, Canberra, 2021

ISBN: 9780646850412

Illustrated; with 240 pages in full colour.

Book covers the work of the Royal Australian Army Service Corps (RAASC) companies totalling 4,000 members, including those posted to all RARs, in the Vietnam War. Provides a great insight to how the RARs and other units functioned (or didn’t) from a logistics perspective.


MOSS, Kevin – Bush connections: A Vietnam conscript’s memo

Self-published, Australia, 2021


0645283207, 9780645283204

240 pages.

Kevin Moss spent one year with Army Aviation at the 1st Australian Task Force at Nui Dat in Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam, from October 1969 to September 1970. His story includes references to RARs, including 1 RAR with whom he worked in support during his time in Vietnam.


NASH, RJ – Ordnance at the Sharp End: Ordnance Field Park Nui Dat South Vietnam, 1966-72: Historical Accounts and Experiences from Men Who Served With the OFP

Shannon Books Australia, Ferny Grove QLD, 2006

ISBN: 0646455419

Illustrated, nominal roll, DVID included; 324 pages.

A history of the Corps in Vietnam; mentions some of the RARs supported. The DVC accompanying the book contains over a thousand images set to music; compiled by the author.


NEALE, VP – A green baggy skin

Self-published, Seaford Vic, 1998

ISBN: 9780646351872

Illustrated; 150 pages.

Author served with 1 Field Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers. This story refers to RARs in-country at the time and describes the infantry-engineer relationship.


NOLAN, Peter – Possums and Bird Dogs. Australian Army Aviation’s 161 Reconnaissance Flight in South Vietnam

Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest NSW, 2006

ISBN: 1741146356(pbk) & 1741750423(hbk)

Index, Bibliography; 240 pages.

History taken from Flight records supplemented by oral histories. All nine RAR battalions are mentioned.


NOTT, Rodney & PAYNE, Noel – ‘The Vung Tau Ferry’ (HMAS SYDNEY) And Escort Ships (Vietnam 1965-1972)

Rosenberg Publishing, Dural NSW, 2008 (4th ed)

ISBN: 9781877058721(pbk)

Bibliography, maps; 253 pages.

Although there is no specific reference to the RAR in this publication the ‘ferry’ transported most of the RAR to and from South Vietnam.


ODGERS, George – Mission Vietnam – RAAF Operations 1964 -1972

Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 1974

ISBN: 0642002355

Index, maps, more than 300 photos; 186 pages.

Provides a coverage of aerial operations across all dimensions including close air support and helicopter lift operations of intimate importance to RAR units.


PEDRINA, Jeff – Wallaby airlines: twelve months flying the Caribou in Vietnam

Big Sky Publishing, Newport NSW, 2022


Illustrated, Endnotes, Index; 166 pages.

No 6 in the The Australian Air Campaign Series, this book covers the operations of the Caribou operated by 35 Squadron RAAF in Vietnam. Colloquially revered by users as Wallaby Airlines, virtually every RAR member to serve in Vietnam, and for the life of that aircraft elsewhere will have flown in it.


PELVIN, Richard – Vietnam: Australia’s Ten Year War 1962-72

Hardie Grant Books, Prahran VIC, 2006

ISBN: 1740663896

Catalogue of photographs in the AWM; 220 pages.

Over 300 rarely seen photographs, pamphlets, letters, newspaper excerpts and diary entries bring to life Australia’s key operations in the Vietnam War, including the famous Battle of Long Tan, and create an intimate portrayal of the very human side of battle experienced by the RAR and others.


PENNINGTON, Vic – The Team in Vietnam: The Lighter Side

Wakefield Press, Wakefield SA, 1992

ISBN: 1862542880

140 pages.

Records some of the lighter moments of the AATTV in South Vietnam including some from its RAR members.


PICKEN, Bruce- Fire Support Bases Vietnam: Australian and Allied Fire Support Base Locations and Main Support Units

Big Sky Publishing, Sydney, 2012

ISBN: 9781921941542

Bibliography, References, Index; 500 pages.

The book is a detailed account of every Australian fire support base by date, location and role. It provides an outline of the operations in which they participated, which includes every RAR battalion, all of which feature in the story.


POUND, Gordon – What soldiers do: An Australian artilleryman in Vietnam

Australian Military History Publications, Loftus NSW, 2008

ISBN: 9780980379631

Illustrated, index; 287 pages.

Primarily a history of artillery in Vietnam, whose prime task was to provide fire support for the RAR battalions, it is a comprehensive reference for all RARs which are mentioned in it.


ROONEY, David – Military mavericks: extraordinary men of battle

Cassell, London, 1999

ISBN: 978304353163

Black and white illustrations, index; 251 pages.

Discusses leaders who have inspired their troops over time, and achieved results in often unexpected ways. The most relevant to the RAR researcher in this book is probably Giap, commander of the North Vietnamese.


SCOTT, Peter – A Night in the Year of the Monkey: The decimation of Australian Army Sappers on Standing Patrol during the Battle of Fire Support Base Andersen, South Vietnam Tet Offensive 1968

Self-published, WordPress, 2017

 ISBN: Nil

Colour and black and white photographs, References; 36 pages.

Author, a Vietnam Tunnel Rat, tells the story of the loss of an Engineer Standing Patrol from 3 Troop, 1st Field Squadron, RAE at Fire Support Base Andersen. 2 RAR (ANZAC), 3 RAR and 7 RAR are included in this narrative, along with individuals. Dedicated to those killed in action. Accessible at and downloadable from


SEARLE, Rod, BELL, Denise, DANAHER, Paul and ANDERSON, Gregory – Call Sign Vampire: The inside story of an Australian Field Hospital during the Vietnam War

1st (Aust) Field Hospital Association Inc, Victoria, 2021

ISBN: 9780646835990

Illustrated, maps, graphic surgery photos; index, Roll of Honour; 280 pages. Special packaging.

Th​is​ book is a comprehensive overview of the 1st Australian Field Hospital based at Vung Tau, South Vietnam. The unit was raised in Vietnam 1 April 1968 and returned to Australia 25 Nov 1971. It is told through a compilation of operational facts, the personal accounts of those who served and the soldiers they treated, mostly men of all RARs to serve in Vietnam. Graphic images add a visual depth that cannot be conveyed in words. The narrative is compelling and a testament to a cohesive team united in purpose and aims. Throughout this book, the reader will gain understanding of how the hospital was not just about the medical teams but also about personnel such as the cooks, the clerks, the drivers and how everyone fitted together like cogs in wheel to ensure that the hospital ran smoothly and efficiently. The book finishes with an Honour Roll of all who served with 1st Australian Field Hospital and its co-located units.


SMITH, Derek, V. – A Twist in the Pogo’s Tale: An Army Clerk’s Passage from Childhood to War in Vietnam

Self-published, Townsville QLD, 2016

ISBN: 9780994559104

Maps, appendices;132 pages.

Author completed two tours of duty, one with RAE. An intriguing story of life in a support role to the RAR some of whose battalions are mentioned several times.


The proud sons of sappers


YouTube, 5 mins 10 secs.

Video of 1st Field Squadron RAE 1968-70 in Vietnam. RAR troops feature in this video with the Engineers in support in a wide range of tasks including dealing with mines and boobytraps, the scourge of everyone especially RAR troops. Accessible at


The Royal Australian Navy in Vietnam 1962-1972


Video, 12 min 54 secs

A series of stills photographs put to music; no dialogue. Shows the RAN in a range of roles including transporting RAR battalions via the Vung Tau ferry operations. Accessible at


THOMPSON, Jimmy with MACGREGOR, Sandy – A Sappers’ War: How the legendary Aussie Tunnel Rats fought the Vietcong

Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2012.

ISBN-10: 1743310552

ISBN-13: 9781743310557

Photographs; 254 pages.

A detailed coverage of the battle between Royal Australian Engineer ‘tunnel rats’ and the enemy in Vietnam. These teams, often referred to as ‘splinter teams’ frequently accompanied RAR units on operations, or were called in to assist at the earliest opportunity. RARs are mentioned.


THOMPSON, Jimmy with MacGregor, Sandy –Tunnel Rats: The Larrikin Aussie Legends who Discovered the Vietcong’s Secret Weapon

Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2011

ISBN: 10: 1742374891

ISBN: 13: 9781742374895

Illustrations; 242 pages.

Story of 3 Field Troop (Engineers) operations in tunnel search and destruction within the context of the Vietnam War. Mentions RAR battalion in support of whom they operated and often deployed with.


THURGAR, Jack & CROTHERS, Richard (compiled by) – Australian Vietnam Forces National Memorial

R.W. Crothers & Associates, 1992

ISBN: 0646124420

Index, Awards, Roll of Honour; 160 pages.

A photographic record of the Dedication Weekend in Canberra of the Vietnam Forces National Memorial. One of the few occasions when all the colours of the Regiment have been paraded together.


THURGAR, Jack & WRIGHT, Charles (compilers) – Welcome Home

CPP Communications Limited, Canberra, 1988

ISBN: 0731639464

160 pages.

A pictorial record of the most historic march of the 80s, being the 1987 Welcome Home Parade for Vietnam veterans. Lists of Honours and awards and a Roll of Honour are included.


WHITE, Tony AM – Starlight: an Australian army doctor in Vietnam

Copyright Publishing, Brisbane, 2011.

ISBN: 9871876344689

Index, illustrated incl maps, bibliography; 184 pages.

Author’s account if his service as an RMO in Vietnam, Mentions the RARs with whom he served and from which patients came.




(Somalia 1992-93, Rwanda 1994-95, Cambodia 1994-95, Papua New Guinea 1946 to 1975, East Timor 1999-2012, Bougainville 1994, The Solomon Islands 2000 -2008, all remaining deployments not covered by UN or above (Rhodesia, Uganda)


BRYANT, James – A More Lasting Peace: Reflections on Interagency Operations in the Solomons and Iraq

Land Warfare Studies Centre Australian Army, Canberra, 2007


Bibliography, Index, maps; 168 pp.

RESTRICTED. A controlled examination of interagency operations in Operation Helpem Fren (ADF component was known as Operation Anode (RAMSI – Solomons) and then Iraq featuring relationships between Army and other agencies including multi-national entities. Mentions sub-units of RAR battalions and individuals who played roles in both deployments. Author served with the RAR.


Department of Defence – Management of Australian Defence Force Deployments to East Timor (paper)

Australian National Audit Office, Canberra, 2002

ISBN: 0642806209

References; 127 pages.

Auditor-General Report No 38 2001-02 – Performance Audit of the deployment to Est Timor. Mentions all involved RARs with 5/7 RAR featuring the most. Also online at


LAW GA (LTCOL), HUTTON DC (LTCOL and MONTEITH, CA (CAPT) – A report on the health service support lessons of Operation TAMAR (Rwanda) – AWM 366-50

Official unpublished report AWM 366-50, 1995

ISBN: nil

This report was submitted to Land Commander MAJGEN P A Arnison and is available on loan from the AWM’s ADF Peacekeeping Centre library.


PEARN, John – Reflections of Rwanda: a selected photo-archive of service with the Forward Surgical Team, the Australian Medical Support Force, UNAMIR II, Rwanda

Department of Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, 1995

ISBN: 0 86766 602 6

Index, many photographs; 117 pages.

The (then) Colonel John Pearn compiled this reflective and highly illustrated publication early after his return with the second contingent to deploy to Rwanda. The book refers appropriately to the force protection element, a company from 2/4 RAR and other individuals who provided the security essential for the medical component of the force to function.


PEMPER, Tammy – Scorched Earth: Peacekeeping in Timor during a campaign of death and destruction

Big Sky Publishing, Newport NSW, 2019

ISBN: 9781922265432

Colour and B & W photographs, index; 320 pages.

Biography of the author’s husband Peter, a federal Police officer during the Timor campaign. RAR battalions and individuals are mentioned in this story which comes from a police UN peacekeeper perspective.


SMITH, Hugh (editor) – Peacekeeping: Challenges for the Future

Australian Defence Studies Centre ADFA, Canberra, 1993

ISBN: 0731702743  

Index, bibliography; 229 pages.

There are eight presentations recorded in this publication of which the Australian experience in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia is most pertinent to the RAR given an entire battalion (1 RAR) supplemented by 2/4 RAR troops deployed. Most other deployments covered included some RAR troops.


 VANN, Kevin J. OAM – Bridging the Gap: The 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment in Timor 1999-2000

Australian Military History Publications, Loftus NSW, 2001

ISBN: 1876439556 & 9781876439552

Index, maps; 218 pages.

This is the history of 3 CER in East Timor. Several of the RAR battalions are also mentioned.


WILSON, David – Warden to Tanager: RAAF operations in East Timor

Banner Books, Maryborough QLD, 2003

ISBN: 1875593268, 187593276

Illustrations, maps, index; 160 pages.

Details the events in East Timor from September 1999 to February 2000. While concentrating on RAAF actions at that time, it provides good context for the Army operations including to 2 RAR, 3 RAR and 5/7 RAR on the ground during the time the book covers.


                                                         IRAQ 2003-09 and 2014–ongoing


BRYANT, James – A More Lasting Peace: Reflections on Interagency Operations in the Solomons and Iraq

Land Warfare Studies Centre Australian Army, Canberra, 2007


Bibliography, Index, maps; 168 pp.

RESTRICTED. A controlled examination of interagency operations in Operation Helpem Fren (ADF component was known as Operation Anode (RAMSI – Solomons) and then Iraq featuring relationships between Army and other agencies including multi-national entities. Mentions sub-units of RAR battalions and individuals who played roles in both deployments. Author served with the RAR.




KNIGHT, Tony – Havoc-06: A combat controller on operations

Big Sky Publishing, Newport NSW, 2022

ISBN: 9781922615657

Illustrated; 324 pages.

Experiences of an RAAF Air Defence Guard assigned in Afghanistan to provided tactical strike control support to 2nd Commando Regiment. Gives insights into the same support provided to several other RAR forces in -theatre.


YEAMAN, Stuart – Afghan Sun: Defence, Diplomacy, Development and the Taliban

Boolarong Press, Salisbury QLD, 2013

ISBN: 9781922109910 (pbk)

Index, Appendices on Honours and Awards, Nominal roll; 360 pages.

Author was Commanding Officer of 6th Engineer Support Regiment that included a company of 3 RAR. Also known as Reconstruction Task Force (RTF 4), this organisation was the last of four engineer-heavy battle groups to serve in Afghanistan, followed in late 2008 by Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Forces (MRTF) and then the Mentoring Task Forces (MTF) whose role changed as their title indicates. All were part of the ADF’s Task Force 633. This is the story of what and how RTF 4 constructed its many achievements and how the RAR company helped provide the force protection necessary for the main body to achieve its intent.



(Civilian Humanitarian Disaster ops (incl Darwin 1975 and other cyclones and floods, overseas eg PNG, Indian Ocean, and lately, Border Operations, and DACC (non-disaster) eg Olympics and Commonwealth Games and other government support eg APEC, G20)


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