An Iron Cross with David Buckwalter

Angus Hordern speaks with David Buckwalter about his grandfather, a German veteran of World War I.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Today's bonus episode is with Vietnam veteran and recurring podcast guest David Buckwalter. David spoke to Angus Hordern about the Iron Cross that has been passed down in his family, and the story attached to it.

David’s previous appearances on the podcast include:

#56 James Medley

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Alex Lloyd interviews East Timor and Solomon Islands veteran James Medley.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. James Medley has served his country in the Reserves for two decades, and in that time has had a range of deployments domestically and abroad. These include East Timor and the Solomon Islands (twice); border security operations with the Royal Australian Navy; security operations at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games; and assisting the firefighters in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires.

Brothers in Arms with Geraint Jones

Alex Lloyd speaks with British Army veteran and author Geraint Jones.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Today's bonus episode is with Geraint "Gez" Jones. Gez deployed three times to the Middle East as an infantry soldier in the British Army's Royal Welsh regiment – twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. For his actions in Basra, Gez was awarded the General Officer Commanding’s Commendation. Upon leaving the military, Gez worked to protect commercial shipping against Somali and Nigerian based piracy. He now writes full-time and is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction books. He’s just released his memoir – “Brothers in Arms” – a recount of his time in Afghanistan. Gez spoke to Alex Lloyd about his military career, primarily on the Afghanistan deployment, his battle with PTSD and journey of post-traumatic growth.

The final photo below was taken by Tim Kolczak of The Veterans Project.

#55 Avis Quarrell

Angus Hordern interviews World War II veteran Avis Quarrell.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Today's conversation is with a veteran of the Australian Women's Army Service, of World War II. Avis Quarrell shared with Angus Hordern the story of her family's military service, and her own in World War II.

#54 'H' Vol III

Alex Lloyd finishes his interview with 2nd Commando Regiment veteran 'H' about his journey beyond the military.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. This is the third instalment of Alex Lloyd's conversation with 'H', a senior and highly decorated Special Forces veteran. The pair talk about the challenges H faced during his time as a commando, how he has changed as a result of his service, and his outlook to the future.

Listen to Volume I and Volume II before you hear this episode.

#54 'H' Vol II

Alex Lloyd continues his interview with Special Forces veteran 'H' about his combat experiences in Afghanistan, 2006.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Today's conversation is the second part of Alex Lloyd's conversation with the 2nd Commando Regiment veteran known as 'H'. The episode centres around some of H's significant combat experiences in his first Middle East deployment, in vivid front-line storytelling.

Listen to Volume I before this episode, then listen to Volume III.

#54 'H' Vol I

Alex Lloyd interviews 'H', a 2nd Commando Regiment veteran with a protected identity.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Today's conversation is with a former senior Special Forces soldier, thrice decorated for conspicuous service and valour. The 2nd Commando Regiment veteran known as 'H' was a Warrant Officer Class One and served in the Australian Defence Force for 24 years. In the first instalment of a three-part conversation with Alex Lloyd, H described his journey to the army, training, his deployment to Somalia, the birth of the Commandos, his time in Timor, and the emergence of the Tactical Assault Group East.

After listening to this episode, listen to Volume II and Volume III.

#53 Vic Battese, David Cronin and Bob Ray

Angus Hordern interviews Vietnam veterans Vic Battese, David Cronin and Bob Ray.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Today's conversation is with three veterans of the Vietnam War. Vic Battese, David Cronin and Bob Ray served in the Royal Australian Navy Helicopter Flight Vietnam. They spoke with Angus Hordern about their EMU days, serving in the war with the United States Army 135th Assault Helicopter Company.

SAS Leadership with Ben Pronk and Tim Curtis

Alex Lloyd speaks with former SAS officers Ben Pronk and Tim Curtis.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Today's bonus episode is with Ben Pronk and Tim Curtis, both former officers of the Special Air Service Regiment. Now they're in the civilian workforce, armed with MBAs. The pair spoke Alex Lloyd about lessons of leadership and command from their time in the SASR, from principles to specific action-packed examples, how those lessons influence their work and lives today, and their new podcast, The Unforgiving60.

#52 Emma Grigson

Sharon Mascall-Dare interviews Afghanistan veteran Emma Grigson.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Emma Grigson deployed to Afghanistan with the Australian Army as a Medical Officer, and then continued to serve as an Intelligence Officer. Emma shared with Sharon Mascall-Dare her story of personal courage in overcoming adversity.

To mark the approach of Anzac Day, this podcast finishes with something different - a song. The song "War" by John Lynam was inspired when John met then 23-year-old Afghanistan veteran Beau Rutledge. John is putting together a special project and hopes any Afghanistan veteran with images or video they're willing to share will contact him at John Lynam Music on Facebook.

#51 Mark Noble

Rohan Viswalingam interviews Special Operations Engineer and veteran of Afghanistan, Mark Noble.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Today's conversation is with an Explosive Detection Dog handler and veteran of the Special Operations Engineer Regiment of SOCOMD. Mark Noble shared with Rohan Viswalingam his stories from the battlefield and reflections on a life in the military.

The Great Navy's War with Dr David Stevens

Angus Hordern speaks with Dr David Stevens about Australia's naval war in World War I.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Today's bonus episode is with Royal Australian Navy veteran Dr David Stevens, who is currently an Official Historian at the Australian War Memorial. Angus Hordern spoke with David about his own military career, and the history of Australia's naval war in World War I.

#50 Alastair Bridges

Alex Lloyd interviews Vietnam veteran Alastair Bridges.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. This conversation is with a pilot of the Royal Australian Air Force, who flew in Vietnam. Alastair Bridges spoke to Alex Lloyd about his parents' World War II memories, his own military career, his time in Vietnam, and how those experiences have shaped his life today.

#49 Nathan Bolton

Sharon Mascall-Dare interviews Special Operations Engineer and Afghanistan veteran Nathan Bolton.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Nathan Bolton is a veteran of the Special Operations Engineer Regiment. After his first tour of Afghanistan, he completed the SAS Selection course but was not selected for further training with the regiment. He went back to Afghanistan with the Special Operations Task Group as a combat engineer, searching and clearing improvised explosive devices. Nathan spoke to Sharon Mascall-Dare about his relentless pursuit to be the best, the dangers of ensuring the safety of members of the 2nd Commando Regiment from a hidden threat, and the intense emotional journey he went through after his medical discharge.

Follow Nathan's new company that he runs with his brother Daniel - Bolton Brothers Entertainment - on Facebook, and to find out more also visit their website https://bbentertainment.com.au.

#48 Tamara Sloper-Harding

Thomas Kaye interviews Timor and Bougainville veteran Tamara Sloper-Harding.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Tamara Sloper-Harding served in the Royal Australian Navy as an intelligence officer, and saw multiple deployments to East Timor and Bougainville. She spoke to Thomas Kaye about her experiences in the navy as a woman, the highs and lows, her time overseas and her passion to help those in need.

#47 Bram Connolly

Alex Lloyd interviews Somalia, Timor and Afghanistan veteran, formerly of the 2nd Commando Regiment, Bram Connolly.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Bram Connolly joined the regular army in 1993, and was deployed to Somalia at the age of 19. Bram's career took him to Special Forces, further overseas deployments to Timor and Afghanistan, as well as transitioning from NCO to officer. Bram spoke to Alex Lloyd about his long career in the military, and the lessons he learned about himself and leadership along the way.

Bram came on the podcast last year, to talk about his post-military career.

#46 John Wells

Angus Hordern interviews Vietnam veteran John Wells.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Today's conversation is with an artillery forward observer who served in the Vietnam War. John Wells spoke to Angus Hordern about his experiences in the war that stick with him to this day, and his reflections on the conflict.

Lessons of a Combat Doctor with Dr Dan Pronk

Alex Lloyd speaks with Special Forces combat doctor Dan Pronk, in Dan's third podcast appearance.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Today's bonus episode is with Dr Dan Pronk. Dan is a former combat doctor who passed SAS selection and deployed to Afghanistan four times, serving in over 100 combat operations with the Special Air Service Regiment and 2nd Commando Regiment. In this podcast, he spoke about life lessons and methods for motivation he learned from his time in uniform, and in his life after - and how he has channelled that into his new book, "Average 70kg D*ckhead".

Buy Dan’s book on Amazon in print, ebook and audiobook format.

And read Dan’s article ‘Abandoning the Tribe’, as discussed in the interview.

Discover Dan’s full story of service in his original two-part interview with Sharon Mascall-Dare, in #31 Dr Dan Pronk Vol I and Vol II.

Dan also came on the podcast in the special episode Voodoo Medics with Mark Donaldson VC, Dr Dan Pronk and Kristin Shorten to speak about that particular documentary.

#45 Sharon Mascall-Dare

Alex Lloyd interviews Iraq veteran Sharon Mascall-Dare.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Sharon Mascall-Dare is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author, and has deployed to Iraq with the Australian Army. Sharon has worked for the BBC, Radio France International and the ABC's Radio Australia, presenting news coverage of war and peacekeeping operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. She has a PhD in communication and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of South Australia. Her area of research is ethnographic journalism and journalistic ethics in regards to coverage of veterans' affairs and Anzac commemoration. Sharon is a Major in the Australian Army Reserve, working now as a Public Affairs Officer with Headquarters 9th Brigade. She deployed to Iraq in 2016-17. Sharon began conducting veteran interviews for LIFE ON THE LINE in 2018. She also runs StoryRight, a veterans employment support program.

Testimonies of the Holocaust with Phillip Maisel

Alex Lloyd speaks with Jewish Holocaust survivor Phillip Maisel.

Life on the Line tracks down Australian war veterans and records their stories. Today's bonus episode is with Phillip Maisel, who was imprisoned by Nazi Germany's forces during World War II, confined to an overcrowded ghetto for two years, before being sent to multiple labour and concentration camps. Phillip spoke to Alex Lloyd about the hardships he endured, the horrors he witnessed, and the hope that sustained him and his brethren.