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Tony 'Bomber' Bower-Miles was a young sapper in the Australian Army when he first went to Vietnam in the late 1960s. 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 injured around him 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 into addiction and violence. But Bomber wasn't ready to let the war beat him after all these years. In 2001, he returned to Southeast 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 NGO Vietnam Veterans' Mine Clearing Team. 'Bomber's' story is brutal and uncompromising; it reveals the true face of war in all its brutality. But it also tells of redemption and humanity: a tale of real Australian heroism.
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