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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.

    #129 Paul Gebran

    #129 Paul Gebran

    Alex Lloyd interviews Middle East, South Sudan and Cambodia veteran of the RAAF, Paul Gebran.

    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Paul Gebran is a veteran of the Royal Australian Air Force. He joined on April 24th 1990 and medically discharged on April 25th 2017. Paul spoke to Alex Lloyd about his deployments to Cambodia, South Sudan and the Middle East, and the volunteer work he does today with Northern Queensland Legacy.

    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 1 min
    #128 Ryan Wilson

    #128 Ryan Wilson

    Angus Hordern interviews SAS veteran of Afghanistan, Ryan Wilson.

    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Ryan Wilson is a veteran of the Special Air Service Regiment. Over the course of his military career, he deployed to Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Afghanistan, as well as training overseas. Today, he is the General Manager of Whipper Snapper Distillery, and is the WA State Manager for the veterans charity Wandering Warriors. Ryan spoke with Angus Hordern about his career in Special Forces, life after service and reflected on the difference they made in Afghanistan.

    Episodes referenced at the end of the podcast include:

    #36 Mark Donaldson VC
    #51 Mark Noble

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    • 54 min
    #127 Reg Chard

    #127 Reg Chard

    Alex Lloyd interviews World War II veteran Reg Chard.

    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Reg Chard was an infantryman in the Australian Army in the Second World War. He fought in the jungle against the Japanese in New Guinea along the Kokoda Trail in 1942 for months. Since 2011, Reg has been a volunteer guide at the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway in Sydney. In 2022, the 98-year-old celebrates the release of his biography, THE DIGGER OF KOKODA by Daniel Lane. Reg spoke with Alex Lloyd about his military service, his experiences in New Guinea and how Kokoda still lives with him today.

    This conversation can be watched as a video podcast on YouTube or heard through all podcast apps.

    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 18 min
    #126 Gareth Gardner

    #126 Gareth Gardner

    Thomas Kaye interviews army veteran Gareth Gardner.

    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Gareth Gardner served in the Royal Australian Armoured Corps, deploying as a driver to Timor-Leste and Afghanistan. He transitioned from digger to officer, becoming a tank commander. Gareth spoke to Thomas Kaye about his military service, his love for teaching and instructing, and the work he’s doing today with the veterans employment program company WithYouWithMe.

    Episodes referenced at the end of the podcast include:

    #3 Garth Callender
    #58 Kane Hall
    #62 Oliver Andrews
    COVID-19 Taskforce with John Frewen

    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.

    • 53 min
    #125 Ant Plater

    #125 Ant Plater

    Alex Lloyd interviews 2nd Commando Regiment veteran Ant Plater.

    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Former Special Forces operator Ant Plater served in the Australian Defence Force for 27 years, 17 of which were with the Commandos. He deployed to Somalia, Bougainville, East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan, served in the Tactical Assault Group-East, and was the counter-terrorism advisor to the Australian Federal Police. Today, he’s a high-performance consultant for the Canberra Raiders and an advocate for the Commando Welfare Trust. The 2nd Commando Regiment veteran spoke with Alex Lloyd about his journey to the army and Special Forces, some of his deployments, the idea of ‘tribe’, and being a leader at the tip of the spear. 

    Episodes referenced at the end of the podcast include:

    #47 Bram Connolly
    #54 'H' Vol I
    #97 Paul Cale
    #105 Damien Thomlinson
    #106 Greg Hopgood

    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 20 min
    #124 Mick Burgess

    #124 Mick Burgess

    Sharon Mascall-Dare interviews army veteran Mick Burgess.

    Life on the Line tracks down Australian military veterans and records their stories. Mick Burgess has served in the Australian Army and Army Reserve for almost 40 years. He deployed to Rwanda as a young officer, encountering child soldiers and the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. He went on to have a career in the army as an instructor and then a linguist, including an exchange to Thailand. He is now the Chair of the Remembrance Driveway Council. This is his story of service, as told to Sharon Mascall-Dare.

    Episodes referenced at the end of the podcast include:

    Minefields with Hugh Riminton
    #33 Tracy Smart
    #66 James O'Hanlon
    #80 Robyn White

    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

HistoryDude1492 ,

Delightful & Engaging!

This history podcast features wonderful discussions with veterans about their stories. I learn something new after every episode and the host is passionate and knowledgeable. Do yourself a favor and subscribe to this amazing podcast!

WI Appraiser ,

Fascinating History Podcast!

This podcast presents the stories of Australian’s veterans in an engaging and passionate way. I learn something new after every episode, and I HIGHLY recommend this podcast!

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