This review is from: Grey Ghosts: New Zealand Vietnam Vets Talk about Their War (Paperback)
Perhaps the only account about the NZ Army in Vietnam, based on interviews with a range of Vietnam Vets. In addition to the actual contents, which by the way is a very clear account of various aspects of the NZ Army soldier's experiences (not the military campaigns, a history of patrols or engagements or the like) in Vietnam, including things like R&R, how the Kiwi soldiers found working in the field with the Aussies, the Americans and the South Koreans, the NZ R&R experience and the like.
For the US audience, there's a few interesting points: New Zealand and Australia were the only 2 western countries to send soldiers to fight alongside the US in Vietnam. New Zealand maintained it's committment right up until the US pulled out, at the peak of the NZ involvment, 10% of the New Zealand Army were based in Vietnam, New Zealand paid it's own way for the duration, accepting no financial aid from the USA. NZ soldiers serving in Vietnam were all volunteers: altho as a serving soldier it was "expected" that you volunteered, there seemed to be very little opposition to this - the NZ Army was a very professional outfit and saw themselves, across the board, as working at the same level or better that US Special Forces in Vietnam.
Quite a good look also at the post-war veteran's experience and also some history on the Agent Orange controversy as it affected New Zealanders - the author, Deborah Challinor, has also written a book on this subject. She had the support of New Zealand veterans organisations in writing both books. Well worth the read and, as mentioned by a previous reviewer, the book was a best seller in NZ when it was first published.