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Australian Military History
40 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Royal Australian Navy in WWI - Part III
In this third and final episode on the Royal Australian Navy in the Great War, we follow HMAS Pioneer on her patrol off German East Africa. Then we turn to the main theatre of the war, the North Sea. The HMAS Australia, HMAS Sydney and HMAS Melbourne joined in the blockade of Germany and for some members of Australia's crew, the opportunity to take part in a raid which would set the formula for Commando units in the next war. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
Royal Australian Navy WWI - Part 2
With the first AIF convoy safely arrived in Egypt, the escorting ships were free to be deployed elsewhere. But while the ANZAC troops were landing at Gallipoli, the submarine AE2 was pushing forward through the Turkish minefields embarking on five days of 'running amok' throughout the Dardanelles. Later in the Campaign, the 1st Royal Australian Navy Bridging Train forged their own part of the Gallipoli story supporting the British landing at Suvla Bay. And we tell the forgotten story of the RAN's 'almost' mutiny. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Royal Australian Navy WWI - Part 1
In 1900 the Naval defence of Australia was in the hands of the British Admiralty. The need for an Australian Navy, run by Australia for Australian purposes was keenly felt in the Antipodes. By 1914, the fledgling Royal Australian Navy was the first Australian unit to engage with German troops and by the end of 1914, they had claimed an important victory which would keep the Indian Ocean more or less free from threat from Germany. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
The Battle of Romani
With the Gallipoli campaign won, the Turkish army turned its attention to the prize of the Sinai - The Suez Canal. Standing in their way were Allied forces including the Australian Lighthorse and New Zealand Mounted Infantry. The Battle of Romani would decide who would control the most important shipping route in the world. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
28 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
The Siege of Elands River
In August 1900, a garrison consisting of majority Australian troops were besieged by vastly superior Boer forces. For nearly two weeks the garrison held out, even after being offered an honourable surrender by the Boer Commander, Koos de la Ray. In the end, the Garrison still held the post and it was the Boers who left empty handed. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Australia's longest running individual unit commitment was an advisory group working with the South Vietnamese forces against the North. Operating individually and in small groups, the advisors moved into an active combat role, leading the troops they had trained and in the process becoming the most decorated unit in the Vietnam War. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
41 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Diggers in Russia
After the Russian Revolution and the withdrawal of Russia from the war, a bitter civil war erupted for the control of Russia. In 1919, a British volunteer force, including Australians, was deployed to Northern Russia to assist the Russian White Army against the Communist Red Army. The Great War was over, but for some the prospect of another fight was too good to ignore. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
49 minutes | May 25, 2021
The Borneo Campaign Part 3
With Tarakan and North Borneo secured, the last great Allied attack of World War II would take place with the landings to take Balikpapan. Despite the war being almost over, the capture of Balikpapan was deemed vital and so despite disquiet among some of the Australian High Command, the invasion went forward. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | May 4, 2021
The Borneo Campaign Part 2
With Tarakan secured, the second phase of the Borneo Campaign could be launched. The recapture of Brunei and North Borneo would require landings on Brunei, Labaun Island, Muara Island and North Borneo. The landings were carried out unopposed, but as Australian troops pushed forward, Japanese resistance grew, especially on Labaun Island and the enemy stronghold known as The Pocket. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
4 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Anzac Day 2021
A short episode to acknowledge Anzac Day and a quick look at some of the lesser known events which have occurred on or around 25th April. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | Apr 13, 2021
The Borneo Campaign Part 1
The campaign to take Borneo from the Japanese was the final Allied Operation in the South West Pacific. Before the landings on Borneo could take place, the island of Tarakan was to be taken so the airfields could be used to support the main landings. The fight for Tarakan developed into a prolonged slogging match against the terrain and the Japanese. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
The Battle of Thermopylae
In 1941 German troops invaded Greece. The Allied attempt to halt the Axis advance failed and the Allies headed south for evacuation. To buy time Australian and New Zealand troops fought a rear guard action in the same area where King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans had faced the invading army of Xerxes. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
The Battles of Bullecourt
In 1917 as part of the Battle of Arras, Australian troops were ordered to take a section of the Hindenburg Line near the village of Bullecourt. With no supporting artillery, relying on the support of the un-tried tanks, the troops of the 2nd Division advanced into heavy enemy fire and uncut wire. Their attack failed. Two weeks later, another attempt was made and although Bullecourt was captured, the Australians suffered heavy losses. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
23 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Z Special Unit
With operations in the Pacific covering millions of square kilometres, a new kind of unit was needed to gather intelligence and disrupt Japanese operations. Z Special Unit was formed and from 1943 to the end of the war, the men operated behind enemy lines, paying a high price for the valuable information they provided. To help me raise funds for Soldier On, please head to https://fundraise.soldieron.org.au/fundraisers/warwickoneill/marchon See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
29 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Joining the Australian Imperial Force as a Private in 1914, Leslie Morshead would go on to become commander of the 33rd Battalion in World War 1. He masterminded the defence of Tobruk in 1941 and by the time World War 2 came to a close, he was in command of 1 Corps and slated as the next commander of the 2nd AIF should anything happen to General Blamey. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
17 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
The Malayan Emergency
In 1948 communist insurgents attempted to gain control of the Malayan Peninsula from British rule. Even though World War II had only recently finished, Australian troops once again headed overseas to try to maintain peace and stability in a region rapidly descending into chaos. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
The Wilmansrust Affair
In 1901, while operating in the Transvaal region of South Africa, the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles were attacked by a Boer Commando, setting off a series of incidents which would have ramifications for the Disciplinary provision of the Australian Defence Act.Also, please follow this link to the Timor Awakening podcast interview with Paul Miller:https://www.timorawakening.com/podcast/episode/ec2c50e5/dusty-miller_on-workaholism-suicide-losing-loves-ones-and-finding-your-shield See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
22 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
39th Militia Battalion at Kokoda
With the 2nd AIF still returning from North Africa, the defence of Papua fell to the young men of the 39th Militia Battalion. Undertrained, with obsolete weapons they were to face the onslaught of the seemingly unstoppable Japanese Army. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
18 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
Les Clisby and the Battle of France
At the beginning of World War II, many Australians were serving in RAF squadrons and were thrown into the fight against Germany. Les Clisby was one of these men and created a name for himself in the short time he fought the Luftwaffe. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
11 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
John 'Barney' Hines
Australia's souvenir king of World War 1. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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