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The Platoon Commander

John O'Halloran Ric Teague



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Hachette Australia
01 June 2021
John O'Halloran was a country boy from Tamworth, NSW, who was called up for national service not long after the start of the Vietnam War. As a tough and determined 21-year-old, he guided 6 RAR's B Company 5 Platoon through some of the biggest conflicts of the war, including Operation Hobart and the Battle of Long Tan. But he faced his hardest military challenge at Operation Bribie, leading a fixed bayonet charge against a deadly Viet Cong jungle stronghold.

The Platoon Commander is an unmissable and devastating first-hand account of the realities and brutalities of war, and especially this war fought in jungles, not trenches, which would go on to bitterly divide Australians. O'Halloran's sense of duty and strong character carried him and his men through fierce battles and uncertainty. His sense of humour kept him going through the years afterwards. His indomitable spirit inspired the men of 5 Platoon to fight against the odds to achieve the mission - no matter how treacherous - and even away from the action and in the many years since O'Halloran kept the respect of his men.

Now regarded by many of his peers as a national treasure, John Patrick Joseph O'Halloran has been quoted in almost every important book written about Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War, yet has never told his own remarkable story. Until now.
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Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   460g
ISBN:   9780733647475
ISBN 10:   0733647472
Pages:   352
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John O Halloran (Author) John O'Halloran led 6 RAR's B Company 5 Platoon through some of the toughest conflicts of the Vietnam War, including Operation Hobart, the Battle of Long Tan and Operation Bribie. Now retired, he lives in Perth with his wife, Lesley. Ric Teague (Author) Ric Teague is a retired newspaper and television journalist and documentary maker. His career spanned 46 years across Australia, England and South Africa, and he has worked for Ten Network, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Australian, The Age and News Limited. His first book, Born on Anzac Day, was published in 2015.

Reviews for The Platoon Commander

NATIONAL [PRINT] Wartime Magazine NATIONAL [PRINT] Sabretache Journal NATIONAL [PRINT] The Last Post Magazine NATIONAL [PRINT] Traces Magazine ACT [PRINT] Canberra Weekly VIC [PRINT] RUSI Journal VIC [PRINT] MUFTI Magazine [...] O'Halloran's personal story makes for compelling reading and deserves a wide audience. * ACT [PRINT], Canberra Weekly, [AUDIENCE: 43,073, ASR: AUD 520] * This is a fascinating, first-hand account of one soldier's experience of the war that still haunts many. * NATIONAL [PRINT], Weekend Australian, [AUDIENCE: 219,242, ASR: AUD 14,731] * It's a first-hand account of the realities and brutalities of war. * QLD [PRINT], Courier-Mail, [AUDIENCE: 166,502, ASR: AUD 750.8] *

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