It is worth considering what the truth is when studying history – have a read of the Vietnam War Myths page on the Australian War memorial site. Such considerations are particularly important when we consider that contention and interpretation are important concepts and skills when studying history – what is the truth? This should always be asked and it often depends who we talk to or what sources of evidence we use. Your thinking on the Vietnam War will be challenged on the first day we are in Ho Chi Min City when we visit the War Remnants Museum. You will see some some very challenging images and read narratives that are quite different to what we read in Australia. Under such circumstances, as historians our role is to learn and consider before trying to think about the truth.
"The truth is that real history was a lot more complicated than our popular understandings lead us to believe." Marie Brennan American author
Some war machines outside the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Min City
While on the site have a look at some interesting and poignant Australians in Vietnam images from the war at http://vietnam-war.commemoration.gov.au/combat/index.php
This site http://vietnam-war.commemoration.gov.au/ provides plenty of excellent information on the role and participation of Australians in the Vietnam War.