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Description - Write Home for Me: A Red Cross Woman in Vietnam by Jean Debelle Lamensdorf

An intimate portrait of tragedy, hope and humour in a war zone. Working as a journalist at the Adelaide Advertiser in 1966, Jean Debelle yearned to be involved in the biggest story of the decade - the Vietnam War. But only male journalists in Australia were being sent to cover the escalating conflict. Instead, she volunteered to work in Vietnam for the Red Cross to tend to the non-medical welfare of the sick and wounded ANZAC forces. Jean had planned to report on the war in spare moments - but there were none. For one year she lived in the spotlight- a young Australian woman among 5,000 men. This intimate personal account is told from the rare and compassionate perspective of a young woman living close to the battlefront. Jean tells of the resilience of the soldiers in the face of daily atrocities and of the international medical personnel fighting to save lives and to rebuild shattered bodies and minds. It is also the story of the Vietnamese, struggling to maintain not just their traditions but their very lives in the face of brutal hardship. With infectious humour, Jean tells of striving to be like a sister to the men when sex was in the very air they breathed. But she expe

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781740513937
Format: Paperback / softback
(233mm x 158mm x 27mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Random House Australia
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: Australia

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