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A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Ashley Ekins is Head of the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial where he has worked as a military historian for 30 years. A graduate of the University of Adelaide, he specialises in the history of the First World War and has published widely on the role of Australian soldiers in the Great War. He has presented research papers at international conferences, and contributes regularly to media and documentary films. Ashley led 20 Memorial annual battlefield tours to Gallipoli since 1996 and he has explored the battlefields on some 30 separate visits with experts from Britain, Australia and Turkey.

Ashley’s books on the First World War include: 1918 Year of Victory: the end of the Great War and the shaping of history (published in 2010, and runner-up for the Templer Medal for that year); War Wounds: medicine and the trauma of conflict (co-edited with Elizabeth Stewart, 2011). He also compiled and wrote the introduction to the special third edition of C.E.W. Bean’s classic anthology of soldiers’ writings and art created on Gallipoli, The Anzac Book (1916), published by the Memorial in 2010.

His most recent book, Gallipoli: a ridge too far (published in 2013) is a multi-national study of the pivotal battles of August 1915, widely regarded as the turning point in the Gallipoli campaign, presenting the perspectives of distinguished historians from the principal participating nations, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, France, India, Germany and Turkey. He contributed to a number of documentary films and television productions commemorating the centenary of the First World War, including The Memorial: beyond the Anzac legend, a five-part series presented by Neil Oliver on the History Channel (Foxtel, DVD available); The Power of Ten, a two-part series on the Anzac VCs on Gallipoli, presented by Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG on the Seven Network; and a documentary to accompany the television mini-series, Deadline Gallipoli, directed by Sam Worthington, on the experiences of war correspondents Charles Bean, Keith Murdoch, Phillip Schuler and Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett.

Ashley is also an authority on Australian military involvement in the Vietnam War. As an author of the Australian official histories, he has written extensively on Australian Army ground operations in Vietnam. He researched and wrote two acclaimed volumes of the official history: On the Offensive: the Australian Army in the Vietnam War, 1967–1968 (co-authored with the late Dr Ian McNeill and published in 2003); and Fighting to the Finish: the Australian Army and the Vietnam War 1968–1975 (published in 2012).

Articles

November 11, 1918’

Published in the magazine supplement ‘The Great War, Part Four: Endgame and Aftermath’, Weekend Australian, October 6-7, 2018, pp. 10-16


The Armistice of 11 November 1918

Wartime, issue 84, Spring 2018 (October 2018), pp. 30-36

Showdown at Long Tan

The Australian, Tuesday 21 August 2018, p. 11, also published online as ‘Defining moment of Vietnam War’

They’ll come looking for you

battles at Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral, Wartime, issue 82, Autumn 2018 (April 2018), pp. 60-65:

Charging into history: the battle of Beersheba’

published in the magazine supplement, ‘The Great War, Part Three: The Darkest Days’, Weekend Australian, July 29-30, 2017, pp. 42-45

Hell On Earth: the battle of Passchendaele, 1917

published in the magazine supplement, ‘The Great War, Part Three: The Darkest Days’, Weekend Australian, July 29-30, 2017, pp. 11-16

Surrounded by enemy: last stand in Vietnam

Weekend Australian, 3-4 March 2012, Inquirer, p. 17

Interviews & Talks

The significance of the centenary of 1918, the final year of the First World War

4 January 2018

Television discussion on the significance of the centenary of 1918, the final year of the First World War, ‘Studio 10’, Ten and WIN Networks, 4 January 2018 (7 mins): Watch Now

Australian soldiers’ military discipline and punishment during the First World War

Conversations with Richard Fidler, ABC Radio (50+ mins), Anzac Day, 25 April 2017, rebroadcast from original live broadcast on 9 March 2015 and podcast on ABC Radio National

The first draft—Charles Bean, the Great War, and the making of the Anzac legend

Address to National Press Club lunch, Thursday 31 July 2014, Sky television broadcast nationally,

transcript (unedited) at: http://www.canberraiq.com.au/downloads/2014-8-1-1.pdf Press coverage included: ‘World War I events no celebration’, Nick Butterly, West Australian, Friday 1 August 2014;

War Memorial historian Ashley Ekins says Gallipoli campaign centenary should be used to educate, not celebrate’

Ian McPhedran, News.com, Thursday 31 July 2014

http://www.news.com.au/national/war-memorial-historian-ashley-ekins-says-gallipoli-campaign-centenary-should-be-used-to-educate-not-celebrate/story-fncynjr2-1227009081255