#36 Mark Donaldson VC
Mark Donaldson VC spoke to Alex Lloyd about his life growing up, training for and what drove him to the SAS, various deployment stories, the battle that saw him receive Australia's highest military award, life beyond and the meaning of a Victoria Cross. Mark came back on the podcast to speak about Voodoo Medics.
#17 Dave Stafford Finney
The late Dave Stafford Finney was a marine technician in the Royal Australian Navy. Dave spoke to Angus Hordern about his myriad of deployments, the highs and lows of life at sea, and the struggles he had with his service. He returned to the show for the panel discussion Life After Service. Dave passed away in 2019.
#31 Dr Dan Pronk
Dr Dan Pronk is a former Special Forces combat doctor, who deployed four times to Afghanistan. Dan spoke with Sharon Mascall-Dare in a two-part conversation about his journey to Special Forces, the trauma of combat and moving on from the military. Dan returned to the show to speak about Voodoo Medics and life lessons.
#18 Don Barnby
Don Barnby was an SAS trooper in the Vietnam War and Australian Federal Policeman for many years. He shared with Thomas Kaye, in a two-part episode, stories of elite soldiering in the jungle to the AFP, life beyond, and his work at the Australian War Memorial. He returned in Life After Service.
#2 Sharon Bown
Sharon Bown was an officer and a nurse in the Royal Australian Air Force. She deployed to Timor and Afghanistan, was injured in a helicopter crash and is now an author, public speaker and works at The Australian War Memorial. Sharon returned for the panel Life After Service.
#42 Jack Bell
Jack Bell served in the Royal Australian Air Force in World War II. His plane was shot down by German forces. Severely wounded his gut hanging together by a few stitches, Jack spent the rest of the war in Italian and Nazi prisoner of war camps.
#52 Emma Grigson
Emma Grigson served in the Australian Army, and has a story of resilience and personal transformation. She trained as a pilot in the Aviation Corps, deployed to Afghanistan as a Medical Officer then served as an Intelligence Officer.
#47 Bram Connolly
Bram Connolly is a retired Special Forces operator and officer, and served in the Australian military for over 20 years. The 2nd Commando Regiment shared his many stories of success, failure, combat and leadership from his overseas deployments.
#21 Cassie Collins
Cassie Collins joined the Royal Australian Air Force as an aircraft mechanic and is now an officer. She has deployed overseas to Africa and the Middle East. Cassie spoke about the rewards of serving in the ADF, and how modern veterans are perceived today.
#51 Mark Noble
Mark Noble was an Explosive Detection Dog handler with the Incident Response Regiment that then became the Special Operations Engineer Regiment. Mark spoke to Rohan Viswalingam about working with the dogs in Afghanistan and operations with the 2nd Commando Regiment.
#4 Guy Griffiths
Guy Griffiths is a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The former Rear Admiral of the Royal Australian Navy shared his stories across the years of training, leadership, combat and war, including the day he survived the sinking of HMS Repulse in December 1941.
#49 Nathan Bolton
Nathan Bolton is a veteran of the Special Operations Engineer Regiment, serving alongside the 2nd Commando Regiment during his tours of Aghanistan. Nathan spoke with raw honesty about his struggles, his failures and lowest moments, and gradual journey of post-traumatic growth.
#3 Garth Callender
Garth Callender was a cavalry officer in Iraq, critically injured by an improvised explosive device in his first tour. He recovered and returned to the field, deploying again to Iraq and then Afghanistan. He came back to the podcast to participate in the panel Returning Home.
#43 Dan Keighran VC
Dan Keighran VC is the third recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia, for his leadership and courage during the Battle of Derapet, in Afghanistan in 2010. Dan spoke to Alex Lloyd about his army career, the battle that changed his life and receiving the Victoria Cross.
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The Commando's Father with Doug Baird
Alex Lloyd spoke with Doug Baird, father of the late Cameron Baird VC MG. Cameron served in the 2nd Commando Regiment and was killed in action during his final tour of Afghanistan in 2013. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia. Doug spoke to Alex about his late son's life, death and legacy.
SAS Leadership with Ben Pronk and Tim Curtis
Two former Special Forces officers and now business partners, Ben Pronk and Tim Curtis, shared their lessons of leadership and command from their time in the SASR. These ranged from principles to specific action-packed examples, and how those lessons influence their work and lives today.
Australia's Special Forces with Dr Karl James
Dr Karl James, senior historian at the Australian War Memorial, spoke with Thomas Kaye about the history of Australia’s Special Forces - SAS and Commandos - and his "From the Shadows" exhibit at the Memorial. This conversation is a fascinating insight into the history of our nation’s elite soldiers.
Line of Fire with Chantelle Taylor
Chantelle Taylor is a former British Army combat medic. She’s the first female British soldier to kill an enemy combatant in close quarters. She’s also author of the bestselling memoir of her time in Afghanistan, “Battleworn”. Alex Lloyd spoke with Chantelle about her life in uniform, combat stories and more.
Panel - Returning Home
In the first veterans panel discussion, three modern veterans discussed what it means to be a veteran today, public perception of returned servicepeople, support systems and transitioning to the workforce. Angus Hordern moderated a discussion between previous podcast guests Garth Callender, Michael Wright and Glenn Kolomeitz.
Collision - Ep IV - Life on the Sea
LIFE ON THE SEA is a special miniseries of this podcast, interviewing Royal Australian Navy veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars. The fourth episode of this miniseries, Collision, hears a sailor on HMAS Melbourne during the tragic 1969 Melbourne-Evans collision give his testimony of the day that saw 74 sailors lose their lives.
Christmas on the Line
Veterans of Season 2 share with the Thistle Productions team brand new stories of their experiences of Christmas in uniform, from deployments overseas and back home in Australia. This episode was released in December 2018. Stand by for Christmas on the Line Vol II in 2019!
Eugen Pichurra - German WWII Veteran
Eugen Pichurra was a tank commander in Nazi Germany’s army. Eugen spoke about Germany in the 1930s, why he joined the army, his incredible wartime stories, atrocities he witnessed, and his reflections on the war. Eugen also served in the West German military during the Cold War.
Voodoo Medics with Mark Donaldson VC, Dr Dan Pronk and Kristin Shorten
Kristin Shorten’s Voodoo Medics documentary looks at the lives post-army of medics who served with Special Forces, and interviews such former medics, the operators they fought alongside, and more, in an insightful expose on the cost of modern war.