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Video – War in the Sand Pit Conference – Fred Smith

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 Australian Diplomats is delivered by Fred Smith an Australian diplomat who deployed to Uruzgan in 2009.



Fred Smith – click on the image to view the video



Fred Smith is a renowned Australian diplomat, author and songwriter.  He has spent the last 20 years working on a variety of pursuits including working on Australian stabilisation missions in Afghanistan and the South Pacific, and touring the US and Australian festival circuit.  He worked for two years alongside Australian troops in Uruzgan province and wrote a collection of songs about the realities of life for soldiers and civilians, released on a highly acclaimed album, ‘Dust of Uruzgan.’ Additionally, he recently wrote a memoir from his experiences in Afghanistan, also titled The Dust of Uruzgan.







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