Minefields and Miniskirts: Australian women and the Vietnam War
Siobhan McHugh, University of Wollongong
Siobhan McHugh, Minefields and Miniskirts: Australian Women and the Vietnam War, Lothian, South Melbourne, 2005, 249p.
If history is told by the victors, the story of war is usually told by the blokes. Now it's the 'sheilas' turn. Nearly a thousand Australian women had a part in the Vietnam War, as entertainers, typists, consular staff and army nurses. Their experiences were extraordinary and they have now been brought to life in this collage of true stories. The one thing these women have in common is that their lives were changed forever by Vietnam. And for many of them it was the most vital and alive they had ever felt. These are the voices of those who were actually there; ordinary woman revealing how they survived a war and discovered what they believed in. (1 act, 5 women).
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