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Ghost Platoon

The critically acclaimed Vietnam War bestseller

Frank Walker



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Hachette Australia
28 July 2015
History; Vietnam War; Irregular or guerrilla forces & warfare; Military veterans
An eye-opening account of Australian combat history, untold . . . until now.

'thoroughly researched and compelling . . . a chilling account' - SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 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 a 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. Now part of the HACHETTE MILITARY COLLECTION.
By:   Frank Walker
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Edition:   1
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   326g
ISBN:   9780733634604
ISBN 10:   0733634605
Series:   Hachette Military Collection
Publication Date:   28 July 2015
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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 and MARALINGA in 2014. He lives in Sydney with his family. For more visit

Reviews for Ghost Platoon: The critically acclaimed Vietnam War bestseller

Walker, and others like him, are doing their country a great service by bringing both the bad and good of deeds of Aussie diggers out of the shadows and into the light. - SUNDAY AGEHis findings are a shocking indictment of the long-term effect of war. - SUNDAY EXAMINERan original and compelling account that succeeds in exposing the subterfuge and myopia of both British and Australian governments. - SATURDAY PAPER on MARALINGAone of those great untold stories . . . Walker tells it with verve and excitement and with meticulous attention to detail. - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD on THE TIGER MAN OF VIETNAMWalker's finely researched book goes beyond the biographical account of an Australian war hero. - SUN-HERALD on THE TIGER MAN OF VIETNAM

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