The experiences of a young
gunnery officer, who began his military career in the British Army
before migrating and transferring to the Australian Army.
In 1965 he served in Vietnam with
105 Field Battery – the first Aussie gunners to be sent and his book
tells of life in a very new and developing Nui Dat base.
They had to devise ways of carrying
the guns into battle – experimenting with helicopters until they had an
His descriptions of life on Fire
Support Bases are most vivid as they waited to be attacked by Viet Cong.
Pound had a second tour in 1970
with a different battery before moving from artillery into the Civil
Reading his book gives a vivid
picture of what the Australian Army was like in those now far-off days.
Many dramatic and funny events occurred and this insight into a gunner’s
life, fills a gap in the Australian experience of the Vietnam War.