In 1968 an Australian infantry company assaulted a Vietnamese bunker complex in a three-day battle. Yet it passed unacknowledged in Australia, and the men were insulted by command’s failure to recognise their courage. Gerard Windsor’s All Day Long the Noise of Battle looks at the men’s strengths and weaknesses, their alliances and tensions, their morale, their reactions to combat, their stand-out characters and their leaders. And throughout, the book becomes an essay on the nature of men’s memory of battle.
Windsor brings a fiction writer’s eye to this tragic episode. Full of memorable personalities Windsor’s book is seminal and moving.
The book is available at the ABC Bookshop