Australian Support for America in Asia
Strong support from Australia for the United States military effort in Viet Nam has made the land “down under” a strong favorite of the Johnson administration. Australia, and the neighboring island state of New Zealand, are the only nations populated by westerners that have contributed fighting forces to the spreading conflict in Southeast Asia. Some 4,500 Australians and a New Zealand artillery company joined the battle in South Viet Nam last year. And both Australia and New Zealand have dispatched engineering units to Thailand to help build air bases and a highway network to support an expanding American force in that country.1
The administration's appreciation of the posture of its major South Pacific ally was evident when Australia's new Prime ...