Scope and Contents
One book, The 33rd Regiment North Vietnamese Army: Their Story, Ernest Chamberlain, 2014. This is a history of the Regiment from its founding in the mid 1960s to its deployment to the Chinese border in late 1979.
Biographical / Historical
Ernest Chamberlain was born in 1944 in Sydney, Australia. He volunteered for the Intelligence Corps of the Australian Army in 1961, and served for 36 years, with 10 years in Southeast Asia. In Southeast Asia he served in Vietnam, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Timor. In Vietnam he served in the 1st Division Intelligence Unit in the 1st Australian Task Force from April to October 1969. He then served as Defence Attache Staff to the Australian Embassy in Saigon from October 1969 to November of 1970. He also served in the same role at the Australian Embassy in Cambodia at Phnom Penh from October 1991 to December 1993. While in Vietnam he held the positions of Intelligence Officer and Liaison Officer. He was stationed at Nui Dat and Baria in Phuoc Tuy Province, as well as Saigon. He achieved the ranks of Lieutenant and Captain, in Singapore of Major, in Cambodia, of Colonel, and in Indonesia of Brigadier. In Vietnam he received Campaign medals from the Australian Army, and a Vietnam Staff Service Medal from the RVNAF (Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces). He retired in 1998 with the rank of Brigadier. After his retirement he served in East Timor primarily with the United Nations from 1999 to 2006.