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The HNN team brings you yesterday's news today as they explore Australia's involvement in the Vietnam war, examining the public's initial reaction, the bloody conflict, a changing public mood and the aftermath and legacies of the most controversial conflict in which this country has ever participated.
Australia's involvement in, and reaction to, the war in Vietnam. Australia first sent troops to Vietnam in 1962, and increased this commitment, to include Operation Vietcong and Operation Full-On. By 1968, as Australian forces rose to over 8,000, opposition to conscription led to huge public protests. Australian forces withdrew in 1972, with a ceasefire signed in 1973.