Bomber - From Vietnam to hell and back
Tony 'Bomber' Bower-Miles and Mark Whittaker
Tony "Bomber" Bower-Miles was a young sapper in the Australian Army when he went to Vietnam in 1969. Land mines were one of the biggest threats faced by troops on both sides, and much of Bomber's work involved laying or clearing these terrible devices. He saw mates and colleagues killed and horribly injured, in a war that was confusing, terrifying and devastating to everyone that it touched. He returned to Australia scarred, battered and unable to relate to a peacetime world. Alcohol became his way of escaping, and his life spiralled down into addiction and violence. He could easily have been lost - another vet unable to cope, put down to the tragedy of Vietnam. But Bomber wasn't ready to let the war beat him. In 2001, he returned to South East Asia, putting his old skills to work in the dangerous job of clearing the millions of forgotten land mines that litter Cambodia. Starting from scratch, with makeshift equipment, Bomber established the Vietnam Veterans' Mine Clearing Team. His story reveals the true face of war in all its brutality. Soft cover, small format, 2011 edition, photographs, 292 pages.