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Trackers: The Untold Story of the Aust/Haran, Peter/Paper/1864366052/S018-D
New Holland Publishers
A combat tracking team in the Vietnam War.
"The tracking lead jerked like a fast jag on a fishhook, Caesar's ears shot up and his shoulders hunched forward. The Viet Cong was fifty yards to my right front, stretching his arms above his head... There were three men at least...and a machine-gun on the track facing me. Scarcely able to breathe, I reeled Caesar back...and gave a thumbs down. Enemy. And I had them cold..."
Trackers is a gritty and moving account that reveals the Australian Army's little-known use of combat tracker dogs during the Vietnam War. A war veteran tells his story with vivid and compelling immediacy, blending the terror of hunting the elusive Viet Cong with the tender relationship between him and his larrikin labrador-kelpie-cross, Caesar.
A graphic portrayal of the timeless reality of war - the horror, the madness, the tedium, the dark humour - Trackers hurls you into a surreal world of seething jungles, random minefields, and lethal "friendly fire". Amid the mayhem, the author finds vital refuge in Caesar's playful innocence.
Peter Haran was first posted to Vietnam in 1967, aged just 19, as a dog handler with one of the Army's first Combat Tracking Teams. He returned after a year to become a war dog trainer in Sydney, and was re-assigned to Vietnam in 1970 as an Infantry section commander. He is now a journalist with The Sunday Mail in Adelaide. He has two children and lives with his wife - and an Irish setter called Caesar.