It is 1967. The New Zealand Government has allied itself with the USA and committed its armed forces to fight in Vietnam. Infantry companies are drawn from the 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, based in peninsula Malaysia. When the men fly out to war, their wives and children are left behind in the Commonwealth Brigade garrison.
Sergeant Major John Barr deals with the realities of war, amongst the villages, padi fields and jungle of Vietnam,. His wife, Patricia, and their children, cope with life in a foreign land.
Through the eyes of an experienced soldier, we view the triumphs and tragedies, the horror and humour of men at war. As his company fights a cunning and ruthless enemy, we meet both heroes and those who are not. We share their wins and losses.
Through Patricia’s eyes we see the loneliness and the strain imposed upon the women left behind… the constant dread of the knock on the door. Some deal with it – some do not. They, also, are ‘at war’.
The war rips at them all. Will John and Patricia survive? You can be sure that these two strong Kiwis will not give up easily – it will be a fight to the finish.
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