Captain Bullen's War
John Bullen, Edited by Paul Ham
The Vietnam War diary of Captain John Bullen. Captain Bullen's War combines the irreverent humour of M*A*S*H with the sharp satire of Catch 22 in portraying one man's extraordinary experiences of the war in Vietnam in 1968, the bloodiest year of the conflict. The difference is that neither Captain Bullen nor his experiences are fictional. Nor was he a reluctant soldier. A graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon and a career soldier in the Australian Army Bullen commanded the vital map producing section of the Australian Task Force at Nui Dat. Alert to the possibility of humour in the bleakest circumstances he decided to chronicle the events around him. What emerges is one of the most darkly funny and lacerating accounts of the Vietnam War. Strewn with character sketches and hilarious anecdotes this is more than just one man's insightful account of the absurdity of war. Soft cover, illustrated, 453 pages.