New Book ‘Walk Tall’ is a Must-read for Military Buffs and Historians

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Author John Peel shows the true fighting prowess of the Vietnamese units during the Vietnam war.

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men who fought courageously and suffered through horrible ordeals on the battlefield were maligned by the media and misunderstood by the public

The Vietnam War has gone down in history as one of the most unpopular wars ever waged by America and its allies. What makes it more tragic is the fact that the brave soldiers who took part in the war were not given the proper respect they deserved; indeed men who fought courageously and suffered through horrible ordeals on the battlefield were maligned by the media and misunderstood by the public. In “Walk Tall” the author has written a truly eye-opening read that shows the fighting spirit of the Vietnamese military units that served in the Vietnam War.

“Walk Tall” is an Australian’s view of ‘the American War’. It is an in-depth look at the Vietnam War wherein John Peel served as a member of the highly respected AATTV allocated to 1st ARVN Regiment. It records his experiences along with his perceptions on the Army of the Republic of Vietnam’s response to constant changes in policy, by reflecting on the character, culture and religion of the South Vietnamese soldier. It exposes the battles fought against their ideological enemy on one front, and the Saigon government on another, a government which ignored their cultural traditions threatening the soldier’s family by neglect.

John Peel has recorded his experiences as an embedded member of the South Vietnamese Army’s 1st Regiment, in order that the Regiment can be acknowledged as a highly proficient and professional fighting force, resulting from modern training, sound military leadership and the desire to get the job done on the battlefield. “Walk Tall” is a rarely seen alternative view point on the war in Vietnam and as such is a must read for anyone interested in military history.

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About the Author
John Peel was born in Newcastle in 1943. He attended the Newcastle Secondary Junior Technical School gaining an Intermediate Certificate in 1958. The following year, he enlisted as an Apprentice tradesman in the Army, graduating in 1961. From 1962 to 1969, he served in the Royal Australian Engineers Transportation Service as an Engine Room Watch Keeper in Army Small Ships and as an Instructor at the Transportation Centre RAE. He volunteered for service with the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV) in 1968. After training, he arrived in South Vietnam in 1970. During his eleven month tour, he became the last member of the AATTV to serve with the 2nd Battalion 1st ARVN Regiment. Warrant Officer Peel was awarded the United States Army Commendation Medal and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Silver Star as a result of his service with the 1st ARVN Regiment. His interest in education and training resulted in the completion of a bachelor degree in 2010. He and his wife Carole live in a sleepy country village with his family close by. His interests include volunteer service as a pastoral carer at a local aged care facility. He continues his military interests as Chairman of the Royal Australian Engineers Vietnam Memorial committee at the School of Military Engineering. Sydney NSW.

Walk Tall* by John (Jack) Peel
With the 2nd Battalion 1st ARVN Regiment
Publication Date: March 25, 2013
Trade Paperback; AU$29.99; 214pages; 9781493136049
Trade Hardback; AU$49.99; 214pages; 9781493136056
e-book; AU$4.25; 9781493136032

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