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Archives for April 1965

Sir Robert Menzies Announces Military Commitment To South Vietnam

Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies announced his government’s military commitment to South Vietnam in a speech to the House of Representatives on April 29, 1965.

Menzies said the government would provide an infantry batallion. He said: “The Australian Government is now in receipt of a request from the Government of South Vietnam for further military assistance.”

Menzies said the commitment had been made “after close consultation with the government of the United States”.

The Menzies government first provided assistance to South Vietnam in 1962 when it sent 30 military instructors to provide military training assistance. [Read more…]