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Conference in Geneva to deal with the wars in Korea and Vietnam.

1945

Britain, France, Russia and the United States held a conference in
Geneva to deal with the wars in Korea and Vietnam.

The fear of communism remained the political issue that gripped Australia

1950

At the conference, a cease agreement was signed

1954

Vietnam was divided at the 17th parallel (see source 6.18).
• The communist Viet Minh were to control the North.
• A government friendly to the United States was to control the South.

Approximately 60 000 Australian men and women served in Vietnam.

1962

Military Advises to Support Vietnam War

1962

The Australian Government agreed to the United
States’ requests for military advisers to support their presence in the region. Thirty
Australian army advisers were sent to South Vietnam in 1962.

USA claims that North Vietnamese had torpedoed ships

1964

United States claimed that the North Vietnamese had torpedoed its ships in the Gulf of Tonkin,
so American bombing raids began in the North. Australia’s Prime Minister Menzies
committed 800 Australian troops to fight by sending our 1st Infantry Battalion and HMAS
Sydney to Vietnam in 1965.

Menzies Say - We Fight In Vietnam

1965

Australia’s military commitment increased

1966

Australia’s military commitment increased
when a 4500-man force left for Vietnam.

Australian people returned to the Liberal Party

1966

Later in 1966, the Australian people
returned the Liberal Party/Country Party
coalition government to power with a
massive majority at the federal election.

Committed 8300 military personnel to serve in Vietnam

1967

By the end of 1967 Australia committed
8300 military personnel to serve in
Vietnam. When Australian forces were