Welcome to our highly anticipated ‘War in the Sand Pit’ conference series of videos. The conference was held in Brisbane on 12-13 May 2017, and was sponsored by Military History & Heritage Victoria, the Australian National University, and the Returned & Services League of Australia, Queensland Branch.
We hope you enjoy all the presentations which the speakers have generously agreed to share with us. The presentations represent the speakers personal views based on their own experiences, and the context relevant to them and their individual role at the time. This presentation on Australia’s contribution in a coalition campaign is delivered by Doctor Garth Pratten, former Regional Command – South war diarist.
Doctor Garth Pratten of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre Bell School, Australian National University has previously worked for the Australian War Memorial, taught at Deakin University, and at the War Studies Department at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is currently contributing to the official history of Australian peacekeeping and Post-Cold War operations. In 2010, while working for the British Ministry of Defence, he deployed to Afghanistan as part of the team compiling the war diary for ISAFs Regional Command South.