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Author Faulkner, Andrew (Reporter)

Title Stone cold : the extraordinary story of Len Opie, Australia's deadliest soldier / Andrew Faulkner
Published Crow Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (320 pages)
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; List of maps; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1 A warrior in training; 2 Up the Ramu; 3 Balikpapan; 4 Korea; 5 The Third World War has started!; 6 Hills are for heroes; 7 Kapyong; 8 Kill or be killed; 9 Maryang San; 10 Private, temporary corporal, temporary warrant officer, class two; 11 Eyes like a cat and no nerves at all; 12 Belles and bullies; 13 Vietnam; 14 On the trail; 15 'Sneaky work': the Phoenix program; 16 Kashmir interlude; 17 Return to Vietnam; 18 Man of Sparta; PIC SECTION; Len Opie's medals; Acknowledgements; Notes
Summary A soldier cast in the image of Anzac, and revered in the post World War II military as a peerless fighter, Len Opie stands alone in the Australian military pantheon. But he was a paradox. A cold-eyed killer who drank nothing stronger than weak tea, he killed people with his bare hands, a sharpened shovel and piano wire. He was a larrikin who went by the book, unless the book was wrong. He set his own bar high and expected others to do the same ... This, the first Opie biography, traces his fighting history from the jungles of New Guinea and Borneo to Korea, where he emerged from the ranks to excel in the epic Battle of Kapyong and play a key role at the Battle of Maryang San. Then, as a member of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam, Opie joined the CIA's black ops program Phoenix, and as head of training found himself at the heart of the American counterinsurgency war in Vietnam ... Andrew Faulkner explores the action-packed and surprising life of an extraordinary Australian soldier
From the junngles of New Guinea to the CIA's black ops program in Vetnam, this is the extraordinary life of one of Australia's fiercest soldiers
Notes List of maps.. Introduction..1 Vasey's Cutthroats..2 Up the Ramu..3 Balikpapan..4 Korea..5 The Third World War has started!..6 Hills are for heroes..7 Kapyong..8 Other battles..9 Maryang San..10 Private, temporary corporal, temporary warrant officer, class two..11 Eyes like a cat and no nerves at all ... 12 Belles and bullies..13 Vietnam..14 On the trail..15 'Sneaky work': the Phoenix program..16 Kashmir interlude..17 Return to Vietnam..18 Man of Sparta.. Acknowledgements.. Notes.. Index
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Subject Opie, Leonard Murray
Australia. Australian Army. Royal Australian Regiment. Battalion, 3rd
Australia. Australian Army. Royal Australian Regiment. Battalion, 3rd.
Soldiers -- Australia -- Biography
HISTORY / Military / Other
Warfare & defence.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1952533058 (electronic bk.)
9781952533051 (electronic bk.)