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Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories.

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Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories.

    #119 Craig Ball

    #119 Craig Ball

    Alex Lloyd interviews former commando Craig Ball.


    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Craig Ball passed Commando selection in 2000 as a reservist and went full-time in 2006. He deployed to Afghanistan as a signaller in the 2nd Commando Regiment in 2010 and 2012. Today, he’s a men’s mental health speaker.


    Episodes referenced at the end of the podcast include:


    #100 Gary Wilson

    The Partners - Renee Wilson

    Life After Service - Gary & Renee Wilson


    To see photos related to today's interview, visit our website - www.lifeonthelinepodcast.com - or follow us on social media: @lifeonthelinepodcast on Facebook and Instagram, @LOTLpod on Twitter and 'Thistle Productions' on LinkedIn.

    • 46 min
    Keith Payne VC - No One Left Behind

    Keith Payne VC - No One Left Behind

    Alex Lloyd introduces Keith Payne VC’s autobiography, NO ONE LEFT BEHIND.


    The elder statesman of our Victoria Cross recipients – Keith Payne VC, AM – has released his autobiography – NO ONE LEFT BEHIND. Much has been written about Keith Payne before, but this is the first time he’s done a book in his own words. This special podcast introduces the book, read by podcast creator Alex Lloyd. Alex is also Keith’s publisher at Pan Macmillan. NO ONE LEFT BEHIND is out now in print, audiobook and ebook.

    • 7 min
    #118 Mark Mathieson

    #118 Mark Mathieson

    Alex Lloyd interviews former SAS psychologist Mark Mathieson.


    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Mark Mathieson was a psychologist in the Australian Army, including time as the SAS regimental psychologist. He deployed to Timor and 6 times to Afghanistan. This is our conversation about the psychology of Special Forces soldiers and the impact of war.


    Episodes referenced at the end of the podcast include:


    #31 Dr Dan Pronk Vol I

    #31 Dr Dan Pronk Vol II

    #68 Harry Moffitt Vol II

    #28 Mark Wales Vol II

    SAS Resilience with Dr Dan Pronk, Ben Pronk and Tim Curtis


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    • 1 hr 22 min
    #117 Sir Peter Cosgrove

    #117 Sir Peter Cosgrove

    Angus Hordern interviews General Sir Peter Cosgrove, former Chief of the Defence Force and Governor-General.


    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. This is our third Season 5 video podcast - you can watch the whole conversation between Sir Peter Cosgrove and Angus Hordern now on YouTube. General Sir Peter Cosgrove is one of Australia’s most significant public figures. As a soldier, he saw action in Vietnam, winning the Military Cross, and rose to the top, becoming Chief of the Defence Force from 2002 to 2005. After his military career, Sir Peter became Australia’s Governor-General, serving in that office from 2014 to 2019. In this podcast, he sat down over a Zoom video call to speak with Angus Hordern about some highlights from his life, and to mark the release of the paperback edition of his memoir YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE JOINED. You can watch this interview on our YouTube channel @lifeonthelinepodcast or listen through your preferred podcast app. 


    The YouTube interview was recorded over Zoom during Sydney's 2021 lockdown.


    To see photos related to today's interview, visit our website - www.lifeonthelinepodcast.com - or follow us on social media: @lifeonthelinepodcast on Facebook and Instagram, @LOTLpod on Twitter and 'Thistle Productions' on LinkedIn.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    #116 Tony Dell

    #116 Tony Dell

    Thomas Kaye interviews Vietnam veteran Tony Dell.


    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Tony Dell is an army veteran of the Vietnam War. The national serviceman is also the only Test cricketer to fight in Vietnam. He was a fast-medium seam bowler who made his Test debut against England for the vital Seventh Test in the 1970-71 Ashes series, taking 5 wickets in that match. After war, sport gave Tony an outlet and place of mateship and camaraderie, but he could not escape that the war had scarred him. This trauma ultimately gave him a life-changing mission - Stand Tall for PTS. Tony spoke to Thomas Kaye about his military career and life after service, including the book written about him by Greg Milam: AND BRING THE DARKNESS HOME: The Tony Dell Story. 


    Discover more about Tony’s organisation Stand Tall for PTS at http://standtall4pts.org 

    • 27 min
    #115 Shaun Willson

    #115 Shaun Willson

    Sharon Mascall-Dare interviews Bougainville and Banda Aceh veteran, Shaun Willson.


    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Shaun Willson served as an Army helicopter pilot, fulfilling his dream of flying Hueys. In this conversation with Sharon Mascall-Dare, Shaun talks about his experiences in training, on humanitarian aid deployments and a sense of purpose in and out of uniform. Today, Shaun is a firefighter and works in emergency medical services as a helicopter pilot.


    To see photos related to today's interview, visit our website - www.lifeonthelinepodcast.com - or follow us on social media: @lifeonthelinepodcast on Facebook and Instagram, @LOTLpod on Twitter and 'Thistle Productions' on LinkedIn.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
414 Ratings

414 Ratings

greening2712 ,

Easy 5 Stars!

Such a great podcast. Not only do they have amazing stories, but the lessons that come from those stories are so valuable. The interviewers are of the highest quality, they are trauma informed, they come up with very valuable questions and they care about the service of our veterans and their families. Highly recommend it!

0anny301 ,

Awesome

One of the best podcasts!
The episode with Billy is one of my favourites!!

128743893);028738282 ,

Thanx!

Thank you for an amazing podcast! I’ve been listening to podcasts such as The Spear and how brilliant it is to have stories preserved for the future - only wishing that someone did it for our Australian Military heroes. I’ve grown up around the RSL because of my dad and Grandfather (both now dec.) and their stories are lost. I don’t want to hear the media rubbish, but the collective unvarnished experiences of our veterans are priceless. So grateful for their service, so proud to be Australian x

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