Essay on Australia’s Involvement in the Vietnam War

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Australia’s Involvement in the Vietnam War
By Taylor, Aleisha and Alec.

There were two important reasons for Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War: 1. Fear of Communism 2. Obligations to Allies

Fear of Communism
In the period following WWII there was a growing fear within Australia of communism. The common belief was that communism would spread from the USSR to Asian countries and eventually reach Australia. This theory is known today as the domino theory.

Australia was very concerned by the actions of communist North Vietnam to try and control the whole country. We were worried that if South Vietnam fell to communism it would be another step closer to Australia.

Obligations to Allies
In the 1950s Australia
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A savage beast of communism coming to attack Australia
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A savage beast of communism coming to attack Australia

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