By Effie Karageorgos, Jeremy Black
The South African and Vietnam Wars provoked dramatically various reactions in Australians, from pro-British jingoism at the eve of Federation, to the anti-war protest pursuits of the Nineteen Sixties. by contrast, the letters and diaries of Australian squaddies written whereas at the South African and Vietnam battlefields demonstrate that their reactions to the conflict they have been battling have been strangely not like these at the domestic fronts from which they got here.
Australian infantrymen in South Africa and Vietnam follows those wrestle males from enlistment to the battle entrance and analyses their phrases along theories of soldiering to illustrate the transformation of squaddies as a reaction to advancements in army technique, in addition to altering civilian opinion. during this means, the e-book illustrates the energy of a soldier's hyperlink to their domestic entrance lives.
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The South African and Vietnam Wars provoked dramatically varied reactions in Australians, from pro-British jingoism at the eve of Federation, to the anti-war protest events of the Nineteen Sixties. against this, the letters and diaries of Australian infantrymen written whereas at the South African and Vietnam battlefields display that their reactions to the struggle they have been battling have been strangely in contrast to these at the domestic fronts from which they got here.
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52 One of the most significant criticisms levelled against Britain in their prosecution of the war was the formation of the concentration camp system. Emily Hobhouse, a British opponent of the war, visited the camps in order to provide financial aid to homeless Boer families on the request of the South African Conciliation Committee, an anti-war organization formed in 1899. Her findings were published in the Report of a Visit to the Camps of Women and Children in the Cape and Orange River Colonies and sent to the British government in June 1901.
A significant influence on the protest movement was the appearance in the 1960s of the New Left, which distanced itself ideologically from the Old Left’s conception of the political left and right. 123 Youths within this movement, of which many were university students, began expressing their political will in more visible ways, including active demonstrations against the Vietnam War. 129 The Moratoriums were organized by the Vietnam Moratorium Campaign, chaired by Labor’s Jim Cairns, and planned as peaceful protests with the aim of educating the public on the causes of the war and methods to effectively gain peace.
30 Trooper T. 34 Alfred J. 35 J. B. 37 Financial concerns did not always cause eagerness for the war – in fact, in a few cases the very opposite resulted. Some parents of military age men attempted to convince authorities that their sons were not eligible to enlist, for fear of losing some extra help at home. 41 In these cases, it is clear that family priorities outweighed the need to demonstrate loyalty to the Empire, which would have intensified for rural residents, particularly in a time of drought.