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"I Was Only Doing My Job" is a fortnightly (Bi-weekly) Australian Military History podcast hosted by Ross Manuel. Instead of focusing on maps and dates, each episode is devoted to chronicling Australia's Military History through the individual stories of those who served; where they grew up, what they did, and invariably what happened to them.

I Was Only Doing My Job: Australia's Military History Ross Manuel

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"I Was Only Doing My Job" is a fortnightly (Bi-weekly) Australian Military History podcast hosted by Ross Manuel. Instead of focusing on maps and dates, each episode is devoted to chronicling Australia's Military History through the individual stories of those who served; where they grew up, what they did, and invariably what happened to them.

    Tragedy at Katika: L/Bdr Leslie James Greenwood and the 2nd Mountain Battery

    Tragedy at Katika: L/Bdr Leslie James Greenwood and the 2nd Mountain Battery

    16-DECEMBER-1943. While serving as part of the 2nd Mountain Battery of the 2nd Australian Imperial Force, Lance Bombardier Leslie James Greenwood, a professional soldier within the Permanent Military Force, served from before the Second World War in Garrison Artillery postings before serving as part of Wren Force in Nauru. His first offensive deployment was part of a Specialised Mountainous Artillery Battery trained and equipped to bring fire support to Allied personnel high in the mountains of New Guinea.

    Thanks to Karen, Linda, Mitch and Paul for purchasing the brand-new Armoured Emu Brigade Unit Patch.

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    • 27 min
    A Hawk's Last Flight: Sub Lieutenant Richard Michael Pirrie MiD

    A Hawk's Last Flight: Sub Lieutenant Richard Michael Pirrie MiD

    6-JUNE-1944. While serving as part of the Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve assigned to the Royal Navy, Sub Lieutenant Richard "Dick" Michael Pirrie, gave up a promising VFL career with the Hawthorn VFL Team
    to serve in the Second World War attached to the Royal Navy. Initially serving on escort duty on Destroyers escorting convoys to Russia and Malta. Upon receiving his commission as a Sub-Lieutenant he transferred to landing craft and served as the commander of a Landing Craft Support (Medium) vessel which served as a floating observation platform for naval and army artillery spotters.





    This episode was made possible due to support from History Guild. ' This Autumn I Was Only Doing My Job; An Australian Military History Podcast has Partnered with History Guild to bring you a series of episodes dedicated to telling the life service and legacy of five Australians, of the tens of thousands who served in the Mediterranean during the Second World War, playing a vital role in the theatre. History Guild has created this project so more people can discover the stories of service and sacrifice of the Australians who fought there, and Honor them by visiting these battlefields. The History Guild website, historyguild.org, has guides to help people visit and understand battlefields in Crete, Greece and Malta.'

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    For Show Notes, transcripts and photos check out the I Was Only Doing My Job Website at www.thedocnetwork.net. Access to the Discord Server Visit here Find the Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Mastodon YouTube

    • 28 min
    Wings Over Malta: Sqdn Ldr Adrian Phillip Goldsmith DFC DFM

    Wings Over Malta: Sqdn Ldr Adrian Phillip Goldsmith DFC DFM

    15-JUNE-1942. While serving as a Fighter Pilot in 126 Squadron Royal Air Force during the Second World War. Pilot Officer Adrian Phillip Goldsmith received the Distinguished Flying Medal for shooting down six Axis planes over Malta, this was followed up with the Distinguished Flying Cross a month later and in doing so became the second highest fighter ace in the RAAF




    This episode was made possible due to support from History Guild. ' This Autumn I Was Only Doing My Job; An Australian Military History Podcast has Partnered with History Guild to bring you a series of episodes dedicated to telling the life service and legacy of five Australians, of the tens of thousands who served in the Mediterranean during the Second World War, playing a vital role in the theatre. History Guild has created this project so more people can discover the stories of service and sacrifice of the Australians who fought there, and Honor them by visiting these battlefields. The History Guild website, historyguild.org, has guides to help people visit and understand battlefields in Crete, Greece and Malta.'

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    Buy the Podcast a Ko-Fi here 


    For Show Notes, transcripts and photos check out the I Was Only Doing My Job Website at www.thedocnetwork.net. Access to the Discord Server Visit here Find the Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Mastodon YouTube

    • 28 min
    Soldier of 3 Wars: Sergeant Henry Armstrong Lacey Snr BEM, MM

    Soldier of 3 Wars: Sergeant Henry Armstrong Lacey Snr BEM, MM

    20-JUNE-1940. While serving as an Orderly in the 17th Australian Infantry Brigade during the Second World War. Sergeant Henry Armstrong Lacey Snr received the British Empire Medal for exemplary service and dedication to his duties, which is understandable, as he wasn't a 35-year-old fresh soldier, but a 53-year-old veteran of both the Second Anglo-Boer War and the First World War. in a military career that spanned three two continents and the length and breadth of Australia's involvement in the conflicts of the early 20th Century, in particular Gallipoli, the Western Front, North Africa and the disastrous campaign in Greece before becoming a Prisoner of War.

    In this episode we show the experiences of enlisted soldiers in captivity, in particular those that had been captured during the failed rearguard operation in Greece.

    This episode was made possible due to support from History Guild. ' This Autumn I Was Only Doing My Job; An Australian Military History Podcast has Partnered with History Guild to bring you a series of episodes dedicated to telling the life service and legacy of five Australians, of the tens of thousands who served in the Mediterranean during the Second World War, playing a vital role in the theatre. History Guild has created this project so more people can discover the stories of service and sacrifice of the Australians who fought there, and Honor them by visiting these battlefields. The History Guild website, historyguild.org, has guides to help people visit and understand battlefields in Crete, Greece and Malta.'

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    Buy the Podcast a Ko-Fi here 


    For Show Notes, transcripts and photos check out the I Was Only Doing My Job Website at www.thedocnetwork.net. Access to the Discord Server Visit here Find the Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Mastodon YouTube

    • 44 min
    Courage Under Fire: Matron Colonel Kathleen Annie Louise Best OBE

    Courage Under Fire: Matron Colonel Kathleen Annie Louise Best OBE

    23-April-1941. While serving as Matron of the 2/5th Australian General Hospital during the Second World War. Matron Kathleen Annie Louise Best was the youngest Matron in the Australian Imperial Force during the Second World War including the disastrous campaign in Greece and her decision to stay behind when the chance of capture was great.

    In this episode, we focus on the nursing involvement of the Australian Imperial Force during Operation Lusture, the Failed Rearguard Operation to Defend Greece from German Invasion.

    This episode was made possible due to support from History Guild. 'This Autumn I Was Only Doing My Job; An Australian Military
    History Podcast has Partnered with History Guild to bring you a series of
    episodes dedicated to telling the life service and legacy of four Australians, of
    the tens of thousands who served in the Mediterranean during the Second World War,
    playing a vital role in the theatre. History Guild has created this project so
    more people can discover the stories of service and sacrifice of the
    Australians who fought there, and Honor them by visiting these battlefields.
    The History Guild website, historyguild.org, has guides to help people visit
    and understand battlefields in Crete, Greece and Malta.'

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    Buy the Podcast a Ko-Fi here 


    For Show Notes, transcripts and photos check out the I Was Only Doing My Job Website at www.thedocnetwork.net. Access to the Discord Server Visit here Find the Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Mastodon YouTube

    • 30 min
    The First at War: Capt William Holmes Travers: Part Two: From Crete to Captivity

    The First at War: Capt William Holmes Travers: Part Two: From Crete to Captivity

    30-April-1941. While serving as a Company Commander within the 2/1st Australian Infantry Battalion, Captain William Holmes Travers participated in the first major engagements of the Australian Imperial Force during the Second World War including the capture of Bardia, Tobruk and the disastrous campaign in Greece before becoming a Prisoner of War following the failure at Crete. In this episode, we focus on the first involvement of the Australian Imperial Force during the Second World War, the Capture of Bardia during Operation Compass and Operation Lusture, the Failed Rearguard Operation to Defend Greece from German Invasion.

    This episode was made possible due to support from History Guild. 'This Autumn I Was Only Doing My Job; An Australian Military
    History Podcast has Partnered with History Guild to bring you a series of
    episodes dedicated to telling the life service and legacy of four Australians, of
    the tens of thousands who served in the Mediterranean during the Second World War,
    playing a vital role in the theatre. History Guild has created this project so
    more people can discover the stories of service and sacrifice of the
    Australians who fought there, and Honor them by visiting these battlefields.
    The History Guild website, historyguild.org, has guides to help people visit
    and understand battlefields in Crete, Greece and Malta.'

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    Buy the Podcast a Ko-Fi here 


    For Show Notes, transcripts and photos check out the I Was Only Doing My Job Website at www.thedocnetwork.net. Access to the Discord Server Visit here Find the Podcast on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Mastodon YouTube

    • 42 min

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Great history pod!

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