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The Platoon Commander

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John O'Halloran was a country boy from Tamworth, NSW, who was called up for national service not long after the start of the Vietnam War. As a tough and determined 21-year-old, he guided 6 RAR's B Company 5 Platoon through some of the biggest conflicts of the war, including Operation Hobart and the Battle of Long Tan. But he faced his hardest military challenge at Operation Bribie, leading a fixed bayonet charge against a deadly Viet Cong jungle stronghold.

The Platoon Commander is an unmissable and devastating first-hand account of the realities and brutalities of war, and especially this war fought in jungles, not trenches, which would go on to bitterly divide Australians. O'Halloran's sense of duty and strong character carried him and his men through fierce battles and uncertainty. His sense of humour kept him going through the years afterwards. His indomitable spirit inspired the men of 5 Platoon to fight against the odds to achieve the mission - no matter how treacherous - and even away from the action and in the many years since O'Halloran kept the respect of his men.

Now regarded by many of his peers as a national treasure, John Patrick Joseph O'Halloran has been quoted in almost every important book written about Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War, yet has never told his own remarkable story. Until now.

About the author

John O¿Halloran (Author)
John O'Halloran led 6 RAR's B Company 5 Platoon through some of the toughest conflicts of the Vietnam War, including Operation Hobart, the Battle of Long Tan and Operation Bribie. Now retired, he lives in Perth with his wife, Lesley.

Ric Teague (Author)
Ric Teague is a retired newspaper and television journalist and documentary maker. His career spanned 46 years across Australia, England and South Africa, and he has worked for Ten Network, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Australian, The Age and News Limited. His first book, Born on Anzac Day, was published in 2015.


At the start of the Vietnam War John O'Halloran was a national serviceman from Tamworth and never expected to serve overseas. He would go on to lead with distinction as a platoon commander in 6RAR's B Company at three of the biggest conflicts of the Vietnam War. This is one soldier's extraordinary account of a war that still haunts Australia.

Product details

Authors John O’Halloran, Ric Teague
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 30.12.2021
EAN 9780733647475
ISBN 978-0-7336-4747-5
No. of pages 352
Dimensions 154 mm x 234 mm x 28 mm
Weight 460 g
Illustrations 8pp Colour Illustration Section
Subjects Humanities, art, music > History > General, dictionaries
Non-fiction book > History > Miscellaneous
Social sciences, law, business > Political science > Political science and political administration

Vietnam, military history, Memoirs, Military history: post WW2 conflicts, HISTORY / Military / Vietnam War, Later 20th century c 1950 to c 1999, War and defence operations, War & defence operations, Vietnam War

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