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Backyard Battlefields is a military history program which explores historical sites throughout Australia and beyond. Backyard Battlefields gives Australia’s military history a context by explaining its significance within the grander narrative of world events. Presented by James De Leo. For more information visit backyardbattlefields.com

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Backyard Battlefields is a military history program which explores historical sites throughout Australia and beyond. Backyard Battlefields gives Australia’s military history a context by explaining its significance within the grander narrative of world events. Presented by James De Leo. For more information visit backyardbattlefields.com

    Swan Barracks: Northbridge, Western Australia

    Swan Barracks: Northbridge, Western Australia

    Now a backpackers hostel, the Old Swan Barracks on Francis Street in Northbridge, former headquarters and home to Perths Central Drill Hall, was an important feature of the pre-Federation military forces in Western Australia. 

    • 11 min
    Dilhorn House: An Introduction

    Dilhorn House: An Introduction

    Dilhorn is a Federation Queen Anne style house located in the Perth suburb of Highgate. It was designed by Soldier Architect Joseph John Talbot Hobbs in 1897.

    • 8 min
    Sydney Harbour Attacked - Postscript: Japanese Submariner funeral 1942

    Sydney Harbour Attacked - Postscript: Japanese Submariner funeral 1942

    Following the Japanese midget submarine raid on Sydney Harbour in 1942 the remains of 4 Japanese submariners were recovered. The officer commanding Sydney Harbour Rear Admiral Muirhead-Gould ordered that the men be cremated with full military honours. It was an extraordinary gesture at a time of heightened fear and anger and his decision was criticised in many quarters.

    • 10 min
    Japanese Indian Ocean Raid 1944

    Japanese Indian Ocean Raid 1944

    In March 1944 a powerful Imperial Japanese Navy flotilla entered the Indian Ocean with the purpose (it is believed) of attacking the Western Australian port of Fremantle, then the largest submarine base in the Southern hemisphere. Artillery expert Phil Rowson gives a brief account of the details of the incursion.

    • 8 min
    Sydney Harbour Attacked: The Japanese Midget Submarine Raid

    Sydney Harbour Attacked: The Japanese Midget Submarine Raid

    This episode is an interview with Peter Grose, author of 'A Very Rude Awakening' an excellent account of the May 1942 Japanese raid on Sydney Harbour.

    • 41 min
    BOMBING OF DARWIN 1942: Interview with author Peter Grose

    BOMBING OF DARWIN 1942: Interview with author Peter Grose

    On the 19th of February 1942 Japanese carrier and land based aircraft attacked the Australian port of Darwin. The 1st Air Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy was fresh from it's attack on the US Naval base at Pearl Harbour just 10 weeks prior and focused its attention on Darwin to prevent the allies using it as a base to interfere with the Japanese conquest of Timor and Java. This is an interview with Peter Grose, author of 'An Awkward Truth' an excellent account of the Darwin raid.

    • 47 min

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Jack Blewett ,

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A professional and insightful podcast produced by someone who cares.

Moustacy ,

Funny and Illuminating

You’d struggle to find a podcast that hits the nail on the head better than this one. Ticks all the boxes, you feel like you’re learning something while being entertained. Not just for military buffs but a strong addition to the can(n)on.

bojangleyjangles ,

A+ podcast

A great podcast on Australian Military History. Highly recommend. Keep 'em coming!!

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