A Vietnam War Christmas

This collection of images shows Australian soldiers celebrating Christmas in Vietnam in the 1960s and 1970s.

Australia committed approximately 61 000 troops to the Vietnam War between 1962 and 1972 (and again occasionally until 1975), including many thousands of conscripts.

All the photographs are from the collection of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

December 1971. South Vietnam.

Private David McColl of Canberra, hanging puddings to mature before Christmas.

Christmas_in_Vietnam,_1971_(3116643779)South Vietnam. Private (Pte) David McColl of Page in Canberra ACT, hanging puddings to mature before Christmas

December 1967. Nui Dat, Vietnam.

Newly arrived members of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), preparing their base camp for the Christmas season.

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November 1970. Nui Dat, South Vietnam.

Corporal Arthur Wallis, 21, sharpening a knife in preparation for carving the three prime hams he has prepared for Christmas.

Christmas_at_Nui_Dat,_1970_(3116643487)Nui Dat, South Vietnam. November 1970. Corporal Arthur Wallis, 21, of Preston, Vic, sharpening a knife in preparation for carving the three prime h

On this day: a President and “the King”

Elvis Presley meeting Richard Nixon. On December 21, 1970, at his own request, Presley met thr then-President Elvis is on the right. Said to be 'of the two greatest recording artists of

At the singer’s request, rock and roll icon Elvis Presley met US President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office of the White House on the 21st of December, 1970.

A few years later Nixon resigned following his involvement in the Watergate scandal. Presley died in August of 1977.

Because of the tapes involved in Watergate, this photo is now sometimes captioned:

The two greatest recording artists of the 20th century.

R.I.P. to Věra Čáslavská

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R.I.P. to Věra Čáslavská. Not just a legend in gymnastics, but also a national hero for publicly protesting against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. 3rd May 1942 – 30th August 2016. Seven-time Olympic Champion.

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Dancers of The Australian Ballet demonstrating outside the Canberra Theatre, October 1970.

Australian Ballet dancers outside the theatre in in Canberra’s city centre in October, 1970. The protests eventually gave way to a strike. The dancers were successful in causing an overhaul of the pay structure.

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Dancers of The Australian Ballet demonstrating outside the Canberra Theatre, 1970.