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Ashley Ekins is Head of the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial where he has worked as a military historian for almost 25 years. A graduate of the University of Adelaide, he specialises in the military history of the First World War and has published widely on the role of Australian soldiers in the Great War. His 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 shortlisted for the Templer Medal for that year); and War Wounds: Medicine and the trauma of conflict (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 from Gallipoli, The Anzac Book (1916), published by the Memorial in 2010.
Ashley’s most recent book is Gallipoli: A ridge too far (2013), a comprehensive, multi-national study of the pivotal battles of August 1915, widely regarded as the turning point of the campaign, with contributions by historians from all the main participating nations, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Turkey, Germany, France and India.
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 co-authored, with his colleague, the late Dr Ian McNeill, volume eight in the official history series, On the Offensive (2003); and he wrote the ninth and final volume in the series, Fighting to the Finish (2012).