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Guadalcanal Then and Now - Epic Drone Footage!
 
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Aerial footage of the Guadalcanal battlefields (Solomon Islands). Bloody Ridge, Alligator Creek, Japanese Memorial, Kinugawa Maru wreck and more! Visit www.battletours.com to plan your visit to Guadalcanal, and other battlefields in Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
How to Visit the D-Day Battlefields of Normandy
 
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Battlefield historian Mat McLachlan gives you all the information you need to plan a visit to the D-Day battlefields of Normandy. Mat will show you how to get there, where to stay and what to see on your once-in-a-lifetime journey to Normandy! ABOUT US: Mat McLachlan is a leading international battlefield historian and has spent more than two decades walking the great battlefields of history. His tour company, Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours, takes travellers and history lovers to battlefields all over the world, in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and North America, escorted by the world’s leading military historians. HISTORY OVERVIEW: D-Day was the Allied invasion of Western Europe, which took place on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Over the next three months American, British, Canadian and other Allied troops pushed the Germans back and liberated France. LOCATION: The Normandy region is in France, about 150 miles west of Paris. You’ll need 2-3 days to see all the sites, but can see the main ones in a (long) day-trip from Paris. GETTING THERE: Hire a car or catch a train from Paris, or join an organised tour. WHERE TO STAY: The two main towns are Bayeux (for the American Sector) and Caen (for the British/Canadian Sector). There is a range of accommodation in each. TOURS: Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours offers fully-escorted tours of the Normandy battlefields. Visit www.battlefields.com.au/normandy-d-day-tour (Australia) or www.battletours.com/normandy-d-day-landing-tour (USA). GUIDEBOOKS: I recommend ‘Walking D-Day’ by Paul Reed and ‘D-Day: Normandy Landing Beaches’ by Major and Mrs Holt. VISIT OUR WEBSITE: Our full range of tours throughout Europe, Asia, North America and the Pacific can be found on our websites (tailored for US or Australian visitors): US site: www.battletours.com Australian site: www.battlefields.com.au I look forward to helping you walk in the footsteps of heroes! - Mat McLachlan
Walking the Battle of the Somme
 
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Join historian Mat McLachlan as he explores key sites from one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War, the Battle of the Somme. Visit www.battlefields.com.au to walk through history with Mat on some of the world's great battlefields. And tune in to his weekly Living History podcast (available on iTunes and Stitcher) to hear fascinating interviews, visits to historic sites and book and movie reviews, all bringing history to life! For full information about Mat and his work in the history space, visit www.matmclachlan.com
Ypres 1917
 
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Historian Mat McLachlan explores the town of Ypres, scene of some of the bloodiest fighting of the First World War. In this exclusive documentary, Mat explores the rebuilt Cloth Hall, a chapel that was built as a shrine to lost soldiers, the Menin Gate Memorial with its 54,000 names of missing soldiers, secret rooms in the town's ramparts, a beautiful waterside cemetery and a very special commemoration service that has been held every night for nearly a century. Visit www.battlefields.com.au to walk through history with Mat on some of the world's great battlefields. And tune in to his weekly Living History podcast (available on iTunes and Stitcher) to hear fascinating interviews, visits to historic sites and book and movie reviews, all bringing history to life! For more information about Mat and his work in the history space, visit www.matmclachlan.com
DRIVING A WWI TANK!
 
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I recently visited the Norfolk Tank Musuem in the UK and was given the rare privilege of driving in 'Deborah II', their First World War Mark IV tank. What an amazing experience! Visit www.battlefields.com.au for more information.
Exploring HMAS Vampire
 
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Historian Mat McLachlan explores the HMAS Vampire, at the Australian National Martime Museum at Darling Harbour in Sydney.
World War I: Behind the Lines
 
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Join historian Mat McLachlan as he explores key sites from behind the old front lines of the First World War. In this exclusive documentary, Mat explores headquarters where generals planned battles, an underground city covered in WWI graffiti, an improvised studio where thousands of soldiers were photographed, an unusual military cemetery and a partly destroyed chateau that once housed wounded soldiers. Visit www.battlefields.com.au to walk through history with Mat on some of the world's great battlefields. And tune in to his weekly Living History podcast (available on iTunes and Stitcher) to hear fascinating interviews, visits to historic sites and book and movie reviews, all bringing history to life! For full information about Mat and his work in the history space, visit www.matmclachlan.com
Lost Gallipoli Trenches Revealed!
 
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Historians Mat McLachlan and Peter Hart explore a newly-exposed trench system at Silt Spur at Gallipoli, revealing stories about the men who fought and died here more than a century ago. For more information visit www.battlefields.com.au
Historian Mat McLachlan - TV Showreel 2016
 
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Mat McLachlan: historian, author and TV presenter. www.battletours.com
Battle of Bullecourt Explained
 
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Mat explores the Battles of Bullecourt, the costly 1917 attacks that caused more than 10,000 Australian casualties. Visit www.battlefields.com.au for more information.
Walking the London Blitz
 
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Join historian Mat McLachlan as he explores the hidden history of The Blitz, the World War 2 bombing campaign that devastated London. During this emotional journey he will discover ruined buildings, memorials to unsung heroes and evidence of the unbreakable British spirit that sustained Londoners during those dark days. For more information, visit www.battlefields.com.au
Walking the Long Tan Battlefield
 
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Historian Mat McLachlan explores the battlefield of Long Tan, scene of Australia's most famous battle of the Vietnam War.
How to Research an Australian Soldier
 
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Battlefield Historian Mat McLachlan guides you through the process of researching an Australian soldier. Learn more about your family history and walk in the footsteps of the original Anzacs with this complete guide! WEBSITES: Australian War Memorial (www.awm.gov.au): The leading online resource for information about Australian soldiers and military history. National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au): Contains digitised versions of service records for every Australian who served in the First World War. Commonwealth War Graves Commission: (www.cwgc.org): Detailed information on Commonwealth cemeteries throughout the world and the men and women who lie in them. National Library of Scotland Trench Maps (maps.nls.uk/ww1/trenches): A brilliant resource that overlays First World War trench maps onto modern online map services. Can be used to identify the site of former trenches. Google Maps (www.google.com/maps): Useful for planning travel to battlefields around the world. Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours (www.battlefields.com.au): Mat’s site, with complete details about his range of tours to Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
Q&A with Historian Mat McLachlan
 
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Historian Mat McLachlan answers your questions about military history and visiting the battlefields. Learn more about: - Australian battlefields of WW1 and WW2 - How to research a battle or soldier - How to become a battlefield tour guide - And much more! Visit www.battlefields.com.au to find out how you can walk with the Anzacs!
EXCLUSIVE WW2 History Cruise to Papua New Guinea - Aug 2020
 
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Join us on an exclusive voyage to the battlefields of PNG on our WW2 History Cruise. Departing Brisbane on August 26, 2020, you will spend 11 days on board P&O's 4-star Pacific Dawn, visiting key WW2 sites including Milne Bay and Rabaul. And onboard, enjoy a special 3-day WW2 history conference hosted by some of Australia's leading experts on the Pacific War! Visit www.https://battlefields.com.au/papua-new-guinea-ww2-history-cruise/ for full details.
Interviews with WW1 & WW2 Veterans - Peter Hart
 
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For nearly 40 years Peter Hart has worked as an oral historian at the Imperial War Museum in London, and has interviewed thousands of First and Second World War veterans about their wartime experiences. In this episode Peter joins Mat to talk about the many varied interviews he has conducted over the years, and the wonderful insights that can only be revealed through the recollections of veterans. We also hear from the men themselves, as Peter shares his collection of recordings of veterans from Gallipoli, the Western Front and the North Africa campaigns. This is a unique opportunity to hear veterans describing the war in their own words - for more, read Peter Hart's book 'Voices from the Trenches'.  Thanks to the Imperial War Museum for granting access to their outstanding sound archive for this episode. Visit www.battlefields.com.au for more information about Mat's history work, and to learn how you can walk in the footsteps of our war heroes on battlefields all over the world.
The Bulldog Track - Interview with Peter Phelps
 
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Mat speaks to veteran Australian actor Peter Phelps about his new book, 'The Bulldog Track'. The books tells the story of Peter's grandfather, who endured a torturous trek along a track even longer and tougher than Kokoda, to escape the advancing Japanese in 1942.
Five-Minute History: How Did WW1 Start?
 
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Battlefield Historian Mat McLachlan explains how a squabble between minor European nations plunged the world into one of the most destructive wars in history. All this and more, in only five minutes! Do you want to walk in the footsteps of heroes? Visit our websites to begin planning your journey of a lifetime to the world's great battlefields. Australia: www.battlefields.com.au USA: www.battletours.com
North Africa Campaign - Interview with James Holland
 
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Mat speaks to James Holland, one of the world's foremost authorities on WW2, about the significance of the North Africa campaign and Australia's role in defeating the German and Italian armies.
Nazi Invasion of Britain (Operation Sea Lion) - Interview with Gary Sheffield
 
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It's the great 'what if' of Second World War history - what if the Germans had won the Battle of Britain and invaded the UK in 1940? Could they have pulled it off? How would the British have responded? What would life in Britain be like under Nazi occupation? In this fascinating interview, Mat is joined by historian Gary Sheffield to explore Operation Sea Lion, the German plan to invade Britain. By delving into the history of those dark days in 1940, and by exploring German plans and capabilities, Gary paints a picture that suggests that, had just a few things gone differently in the summer of 1940, a German invasion of Britain was a very real possibility. An invasion plan of course was just the beginning. Could the Germans have successfully invaded? Did they have the infrastructure to keep an invasion force supplied? How would the British respond? And what could the Germans do to contain their greatest threat, the mighty Royal Navy? Gary Sheffield is a Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. He has written more than a dozen books about the First and Second World Wars, and appears regularly as a historian on TV and in the media. He has been a lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the  Land Warfare Historian on the Higher Command and Staff Course at the UK's Joint Services Command and Staff College. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute, Visiting Professor at the Humanities Research Institute of the University of Buckingham, member of the academic Advisory Panel of the National Army Museum, and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust. For more information about Gary Sheffield and his fascinating history work, visit www.garysheffield-historian.com If you enjoyed this podcast, please subscribe and review! For more information about Mat McLachlan visit www.matmclachlan.com. To join him on a tour to battlefields all over the world, visit www.battlefields.com.au Music credit: Despair and Triumph by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1400012 Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Montbrehain 1918 - Australia's Final Battle
 
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Mat McLachlan brings you the history of the Battle of Montbrehain, the last Australian battle on the Western Front, which took place a century ago this week.
How to Visit Gallipoli (Part 2) - Interview with Peter Hart
 
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In the second episode of our Gallipoli special, historian Peter Hart joins Mat to discuss his favourite sites at Gallipoli, and to give you tips and tricks for walking Australia's most famous battlefield.
Will Davies - 1918, The Last 100 Days
 
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Historian Will Davies joins Mat McLachlan to discuss his upcoming book about 1918 and the last 100 days of the First World War. 1918 was arguably Australia's most important military year, when the AIF engaged the German Army as the spearhead of the British forces on the Western Front. In famous actions such as Villers-Bretonneux, Hamel, Mont St Quentin and Amiens, the Australians forged their reputation as one of the finest fighting forces of the war, and developed skills they still use on the battlefield today. Join Will as he discusses the achievements of the AIF in 1918, as well as previous projects including Somme Mud, Beneath Hill 60 and The Boy Colonel.
Sinking of Titanic - Interview with Tim Maltin
 
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Mat speaks to historian Tim Maltin about the RMS Titanic, on the 106th anniversary of her sinking. Tim explains amazing new information that has recently come to light about the loss of the great ship, and unravels some misconceptions we have about that fateful night in 1912. Tim Maltin is a British author, historian and TV presenter.  He is also one of the world’s leading experts on the Titanic and the author of three books on the subject, including 101 Things You Thought You Knew About The Titanic…But Didn’t!, Titanic: First Accounts, both published by Penguin, and his latest book Titanic: A Very Deceiving Night, which is the subject of his Smithsonian Channel documentary Titanic’s Final Mystery and National Geographic film, Titanic: Case Closed.  Tim is also a TV presenter and broadcaster, writing and presenting the above documentaries, as well as the landmark BBC Radio 2 live broadcast, Titanic, Minute by Minute, which he co-wrote and presented with Jeremy Vine, for Titanic’s centenary.  This won a Bronze Award at the Sony Radio Awards, and the Grand Award and a Gold Award at the New York Radio Awards. Tim works in London and lives in Wiltshire with his wife and two children. For more information about Tim and his work, visit timmaltin.com To learn more about Mat and his adventures in history, visit www.matmclachlan.com
SPECIAL: AE1 FOUND!
 
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This week Australia's greatest naval mystery was solved, when the wreck of the AE1, a WWI submarine, was found in the waters off New Guinea. AE1 was lost on September 14, 1914, and until this week her fate remained a mystery. Now thanks to state-of-the-art technology, the final resting place of the submarine and her 35 crew members has been discovered. Historian David Howell joins us in this episode to discuss the history of AE1, her disappearance, and what this week's discovery will mean to family members of the lost sailors.
Visiting the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway
 
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A short video highlighting my recent visit to the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway in Concord (Sydney), NSW.
Chris Masters - No Front Line
 
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Award-winning Australian journalist and former Four Corners reporter Chris Masters discusses his new book, No Front Line, the first in-depth account of Australia's Special Forces in Afghanistan. Chris shares his experiences as a reporter embedded with Australian forces during the conflict, and explores the character and achievements of the men and women who fought in this most difficult of wars. The book has been controversial, and in this interview with Mat McLachlan, Chris sheds light on both the highs and lows of life as a combat reporter.
Kokoda - Interview with Karl James
 
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Kokoda is one of Australia's most iconic battles - why does it hold such an important place in our national identity more than 75 years after the battle was fought? In this episode Mat speaks to Karl James, a senior historian at the Australian War Memorial, about the true meaning of Kokoda and how we choose to remember it. Visit www.battlefields.com.au to learn more about this battle, and to discover how you can walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs on battlefields all over the world.
Peter FitzSimons - Monash's Masterpiece
 
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Mat interviews Australian author Peter FitzSimons about his latest book, Monash's Masterpiece: The Battle of Le Hamel and the 93 Minutes that Changed the World.  Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald, and a former Australian rugby union player. He is the author of over twenty-seven books, including Tobruk, Kokoda, Batavia, Eureka, Ned Kelly, Gallipoli and biographies of Douglas Mawson, Nancy Wake‚ Kim Beazley‚ Nick Farr-Jones‚ Les Darcy, Steve Waugh and John Eales, and is one of Australia’s biggest selling non-fiction authors of the last twenty years. Peter was named a Member of the Order of Australia for service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations. He is also Chair of the Australian Republican Movement. He lives with his wife, Lisa Wilkinson, and their three children in Sydney. For more information about Peter's work, visit www.peterfitzsimons.com.au To follow Mat McLachlan on his journeys through history, visit www.battlefields.com.au
Operation Market Garden - Interview with Jo Hook
 
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Battlefield historian Jo Hook joins Mat to discuss Operation Market Garden, the failed Allied attempt to seize the Rhine bridges and bring an end to the Second World War in 1944. For more information, visit www.battlefields.com.au
Monash and Me - Interview with Peter Greste
 
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Journalist Peter Greste joins Mat to talk about his new documentary, Monash and Me: Peter Greste on Australia's Great Commander, which tells a new story of General Sir John Monash, commander of the Australian Corps in 1918. Through his personal family connection to the war, Peter explores the story of Monash as he rose from citizen soldier to the commander of all Australian forces on the Western Front. By delving into archival resources, interviewing experts and walking the ground where Monash conceived and conducted his greatest victories, Peter discovers that Monash's story is much more complicated and intriguing than history has suggested. Peter Greste is an award-winning foreign correspondent who spent 25 years working for the BBC, Reuters and Al Jazeera in some of the world’s most volatile places.   From Afghanistan to Latin American, Africa and the Middle East, he reported from the frontlines and beyond, although he is best known for becoming a headline himself, when he and two of his colleagues were arrested in Cairo while working for Al Jazeera, and charged with terrorism offences.   In letters smuggled from prison, he described the arrests as an attack on media freedom. The letters helped launch a global campaign that eventually got them released after more than 400 days in prison. He has since become a vocal campaigner and advocate for media freedom – a stance that has earned him awards from Britain’s Royal Television Society, the Walkley Foundation, the RSL’s Anzac Peace Prize, the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Medal, and the International Association of Press Clubs’ Freedom of Speech Award.   He has written about his experiences in Egypt and what he regards as the global war on journalism in a book, The First Casualty. Monash and Me: Peter Greste on Australia's Great Commander screens on ABC1 at 8.30pm on April 24, 2018. For more information about Mat's adventures through history, visit www.matmclachlan.com  To learn how you can walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs on one of Mat's tours, visit www.battlefields.com.au
SPECIAL: Live from Gallipoli (Part 1)
 
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Mat and historian Peter Hart are at Gallipoli for Anzac Day, and will be uploading a podcast each night as they explore the battlefields! In this episode hear about their adventures exploring the newly uncovered trenches at Lone Pine, and their adventurous trek down Rhododendron and Cheshire Ridges in the footsteps of New Zealand troops.
REVISIT: Interviews with WW1 & WW2 Veterans - Peter Hart
 
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A revisit of an episode from earlier in the season, when historian Peter Hart joined us to discuss his lifetime's work of interviewing veterans from the First and Second World Wars.
Fromelles - Interview with Roger Lee
 
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On July 19, 1916, Australia launched its first major attack on the Western Front, when the 5th Division advanced against the German trenches near the village of Fromelles. In one night of fighting Australia lost 5533 men killed, wounded or captured, the bloodiest single day in Australian military history. In this fascinating interview, Mat is joined by Dr Roger Lee, formerly Head of the Army History Unit, and now Official Historian of the Australian Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor at the Australian War Memorial. Roger is the author of The Battle of Fromelles, 1916 and has written extensively about the battle in military publications. He was instrumental in the investigation into a mass grave that was uncovered at Fromelles, and the eventual reinterment and identification of hundreds of Australian soldiers killed in the battle. In this interview, Roger discusses not only the history of the battle, but also delves into how it went so terribly wrong, and who should bear the blame for the disaster. He also explores how we remember the battle in Australia, and its importance to our understanding of conflict and loss more than a century after the battle. Key characters and their role in the tragedy are also discussed, including Field Marshal Douglas Haig, General Richard Haking, General James McCay and the irrepressible Brigadier 'Pompey' Elliott. The Battle of Fromelles has also generated its fair share of recent controversy, with a push to have memorials in Australia amended to include Fromelles as a battle honour. Roger and Mat discuss this sensitive issue and explore why Fromelles was not counted as a battle honour in the years after the First World War, instead being considered part of the larger Battle of the Somme. Was this decision justified, or has an error of history been made that does not do justice to the legacy of the men who fought and died there? Roger Lee's book The Battle of Fromelles, 1916 is published by Big Sky Publishing and is available Australia-wide. To learn more about Mat McLachlan's adventures through history, visit www.matmclachlan.com. To join Mat on a tour to battlefields all over the world, visit www.battlefields.com.au
1918: The Last Battle - Interview with Peter Hart
 
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Mat interviews Imperial War Musuem historian Peter Hart about the closing days of the First World War, and the crucial role played by Australian, British and American troops in defeating the German Army.
Murder at Dusk - Interview with Ian W. Shaw
 
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Murder at Dusk is a new book by historian Ian W. Shaw about the 'Brownout Strangler', a serial killer who terrorized Melbourne in 1942. In this interview, Mat and Ian explore life in wartime Melbourne, and the social impact of the arrival of hundreds of thousands of US troops on a conservative Australia. Murder at Dusk is now available Australia-wide. To follow Mat on his journeys through history, visit www.facebook.com/BattlefieldTours  
Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre - Interview with Jane Lydon
 
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Mat interviews Professor Jane Lydon about her new book, 'Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre', which sheds new light on one of the most infamous chapters of Australian colonial history.
War Stories: Vietnam Veteran Gary McKay
 
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Mat interviews former platoon commander Gary McKay MC about his experiences during the Vietnam War. Gary's platoon played a pivotal role in the last major Australian operation of the Vietnam War, the Battle of Nui Le, during which Gary was wounded and awarded the Military Cross. In this revealing interview, Gary talks about his experiences from his conscription, through to training and on to combat in Vietnam. He paints a vivid picture of living in a warzone, and brings the full horror of jungle combat to life. Gary McKay has written 14 books, most of them about the Vietnam War, including his bestselling autobiograhpy, In Good Company. For full details visit www.garymckay.com.au  To learn more about Mat McLachlan's adventures through history, visit www.matmclachlan.com. To join Mat on a tour to battlefields all over the world, visit www.battlefields.com.au Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast, and give us a review!
1918 German Spring Offensive - Interview with Paul Reed
 
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In March 1918 Germany played its last card on the Western Front, launching its enormous Spring Offensive against the British in a last-ditch attempt to win the First World War. Join Mat as he speaks to historian Paul Reed about the new tactics and technology employed by the Germans, the vital role played by Australian troops in stopping the offensive at places like Villers-Bretonneux and Hazebrouck, and the progress of this bitter campaign that nearly won the war for Germany. Paul Reed is a leading military historian specialising in the First and Second World Wars. He is the author of seven books, including the best-selling Walking The Somme (Pen & Sword 1997),  Great War Lives (Pen & Sword 2010) and Walking D-Day (Pen & Sword 2012). Paul also works as an Historical Consultant and Contributor for Television; most recently he was consultant on Michael Palin’s Last Day of WW1, series consultant for BBC1’s My Family At War and historical consultant for BBC2’s Dan Snow’s Little Ships and BBC1’s Dig1940. In 2011 he worked on Dig WW2 with Dan Snow and in 2012 was consultant for War Hero In My Family and is currently work on a new Channel 5 series about WW1 battlefield archaeology in Flanders.  For more information about Paul's work, visit www.sommecourt.wordpress.com If you would like to walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs on battlefields all over the world, visit www.battlefields.com.au To follow Mat on his adventures through history, visit www.facebook.com/BattlefieldTours
Guadalcanal 1942
 
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Mat discusses the history of the Guadalcanal campaign, one of the most important battles of the Pacific War. For more information, visit www.battlefields.com.au
How to Visit the Western Front
 
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Mat takes you on a journey through the battlefields of France and Belgium, as he explains how you can visit the iconic battlefields of the Western Front.
Commonwealth War Cemeteries - Interview with Peter Smith
 
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In this fascinating episode, Mat is joined by battlefield historian Peter Smith, to discuss the past, present and future of Commonwealth war cemeteries, our most tangible link to the sacrifices of the First World War. For more information visit www.battlefields.com.au
Convicts, Colonists and Cholera - Sydney Quarantine Station
 
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Mat explores convict history at the historic Quarantine Station in Manly, NSW. For more information, visit www.qstation.com.au  
WWI Archaeology - Interview with Andy Robertshaw
 
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What can we learn about the battles of the Great War by digging in the places where this war was fought? Historian and archaeologist Andy Robertshaw joins Mat to discuss the exciting advances in technology that are allowing us to unravel the mysteries of the First World War, and reveal the reality of life in the trenches. Andy also gives his insights into ethical questions that surround the uncovering of human remains, and the future of archaeology on the Western Front. Andy Robertshaw was previously the Museum Director at The Royal Logistic Corps Museum, and Head of Education at the National Army Museum in London. He is an expert on both World Wars, has written 14 books about military history, and appears regularly as a historian on TV. Visit our website at www.battlefields.com.au for more information.
SPECIAL: Bombing of Darwin
 
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On February 19th, 1942, the Second World War came suddenly and shockingly to Australia, when Japanese bombers attacked Darwin. In only 30 minutes nine ships were sunk, dozens of aircraft were destroyed and about 300 people were killed. In this special podcast episode, Mat McLachlan discusses the significance of the attack on Darwin, and why the echoes of that fateful day still reverberate more than 75 years later. For more information visit www.matmclachlan.com. To join Mat in a tour to Darwin or another fascinating battlefield around the world, visit www.battlefields.com.au
Battle of Dernancourt - Interview with Aaron Pegram
 
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In March and April 1918, German forces threw themselves against the Allies in one of the largest offensives of the First World War. Australian troops were rushed into the line to help stem the tide, and at the Somme village of Dernancourt they faced the largest enemy attack they would encounter in the war. Join Mat as he speaks to Aaron Pegram from the Australian War Memorial on the centenary of the battle, about the extraordinary Australian accomplishments on this often overlooked battlefield. Aaron Pegram is a senior historian in the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial. He is both the Lambert Western Front Fellow and the Memorial’s First World War centenary historian. Aaron is also the tour leader and historical guide for the Memorial’s Western Front battlefield tours, and has published on the First World War and other areas of military history in Wartime, The Journal of the Western Front Association as well as the Journal of First World War Studies. He is the recipient of an Australian Army History Unit Research Grant, and editor of both William Cull’s record of captivity, Both Sides of the Wire: the memoir of an Australian officer captured in the Great War (Allen & Unwin, 2011) and Beyond Surrender: Australian Prisoners of War in the Twentieth Century with Joan Beaumont and Lachlan Grant (Melbourne University Press, 2015). An Honours graduate from Charles Sturt University, Aaron is completing a PhD thesis at the Australian National University on Australian prisoners in Germany in the First World War. To join Mat on a tour in the footsteps of the Anzacs, visit www.battlefields.com.au
The Death of Hitler
 
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Mat interviews French journalist Jean-Christophe Brisard about his work exploring Russian archives for evidence about the fate of Adolf Hitler. Over the course of several years, Jean-Christophe received unprecedented access to records, photographs and witness accounts that paint a vivid picture of Hitler's final days. And in a confronting twist, Brisard discovered samples of human remains that prove conclusively that Adolf Hitler died in Berlin in April 1945.
World War I: Behind the Lines
 
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Join Mat as he explores key sites from behind the old front lines of the First World War. In this exclusive documentary, Mat explores headquarters where generals planned battles, an underground city covered in WWI graffiti, an improvised studio where thousands of soldiers were photographed, an unusual military cemetery and a partly destroyed chateau that once housed wounded soldiers.
How to Research an Australian Soldier
 
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Mat gives you tips and tricks to find everything you need to know about an Australian soldier who served during the First World War. ORIGINAL VIDEO: https://youtu.be/_6svgNMO03Y WEBSITES: Australian War Memorial (www.awm.gov.au): The leading online resource for information about Australian soldiers and military history. National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au): Contains digitised versions of service records for every Australian who served in the First World War. Commonwealth War Graves Commission: (www.cwgc.org): Detailed information on Commonwealth cemeteries throughout the world and the men and women who lie in them. National Library of Scotland Trench Maps (maps.nls.uk/ww1/trenches): A brilliant resource that overlays First World War trench maps onto modern online map services. Can be used to identify the site of former trenches. Google Maps (www.google.com/maps): Useful for planning travel to battlefields around the world. Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours (www.battlefields.com.au): Mat’s site, with complete details about his range of tours to Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
Carpathia - Interview with Jay Ludowyke
 
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Mat interviews Dr Jay Ludowyke about her new book, 'Carpathia', which tells the intriguing story of the ship that rescued the Titanic survivors.