August 18, 1971 : Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw troops from Vietnam

Introduction

Australia and New Zealand announce the end of the year as the deadline for withdrawal of their respective contingents from Vietnam. The Australians had 6,000 men in South Vietnam and the New Zealanders numbered 264. Both nations agreed to leave behind small training contingents. Australian Prime Minister William McMahon proclaimed that the South Vietnamese forces were now able to assume Australia’s role in Phuoc Tuy province, southeast of Saigon and that Australia would give South Vietnam $28 million over the next three years for civilian projects. Total Australian losses for the period of their commitment in Vietnam were 473 dead and 2,202 wounded; the monetary cost of the war was $182 million for military expenses and $16 million in civilian assistance to South Vietnam.

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August 18, 1971 : Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw troops from Vietnam

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    August 18, 1971 : Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw troops from Vietnam

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/australia-and-new-zealand-decide-to-withdraw-troops-from-vietnam

  • Access Date

    November 21, 2017

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    A+E Networks