•New Zealand in Vietnam•
~New Zealanders participated in the Vietnam War from 1963-1975 to aid the U.S. led campaign in stopping the spread of communism. Civilian volunteers participated in hospitals and villages, while over 3,000 New Zealand Army, Navy, and Air Force were involved in artillery offenses, search patrols, and reconnaissance missions.
By 1973 all New Zealand personnel was sent back home, but civilian volunteers stayed until 1975 in South Vietnam.
Like the U.S., New Zealand was in conflict with its citizens on whether to keep going with the war. New Zealand citizens voiced their opinion on the war and felt that New Zealand was being controlled by the U.S. to fight a war New Zealand shouldn’t be in. Another thing to note is that this was the first time New Zealand did not fight alongside the United Kingdom, instead they were with the U.S. and Australia.
The first picture above features New Zealand soldiers with a souvenired North Vietnamese flag.
Info from: Vietnamwar.govt.nz on New Zealand’s Vietnam War.
Picture from: Vietnamwar.govt.nz on New Zealand’s Rode to Vietnam.~