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Video – Chief of Army History Conference 2017 – Dr Craig Stockings

Welcome to our highly anticipated ‘Chief of Army History Conference 2017’ series of videos.  The conference was held in Canberra on 19-20 October 2017, and was sponsored by the Army History Unit. Now in its 24th year, the conference saw some of the world’s most prestigious military historians presenting on the theme  The Skill of Adaptability: The Learning Curve in Combat.’ Topics ranged from the Boer War through to modern conflicts such as the War in Afghanistan.

We hope you enjoy the presentations which the speakers have generously agreed to share with us.  The presentations represent the speakers personal views and are not the official view of the Australian Army or any other organisation. This presentation on ‘INTERFET and reinventing the expeditionary Australian Army’ is delivered by Dr Craig Stockings.

Craig Stockings is the Official Historian of Australian Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor.
As a junior officer he served during the INTERFET deployment to East Timor in 1999-2000, followed by an appointment as the Aide-de-Camp to the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. His academic career has seen the publication of critically well regarded books on Army’s history. Professor Stockings’ most recent book is Britannia’s Shield: Lieutenant-General Sir Edward Hutton and Late Victorian Imperial Defence. His role as Official Historian is now focusing on the INTERFET operation.

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