Professor Craig Stockings Official Historian of Australian Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor

Professor Craig Stockings

Professor Craig Stockings is the Official Historian of Australian Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor. Craig is a graduate of both the Australian Defence Force Academy, and the Royal Military College, Duntroon. As an infantry officer he served in a range of regimental appointments within the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. As a junior officer he served during the INTERFET deployment to East Timor in 1999-2000, followed by an appointment as the Aide-de-Camp to the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. Craig holds a First Class Honours Degree in History, Masters qualifications in International Relations and Education, and a PhD in History. Prior to his appointment as Official Historian, Craig was a Professor of History at the University of New South Wales (Canberra). His areas of academic interest concern general and Australian military history and operational analysis.

He has published wide range of scholarly articles, book chapters and books in the field. Most notably these include a history of the army cadet movement in Australia entitled: The Torch and the Sword, a study of the First Libyan Campaign in North Africa 1940-41: Bardia: Myth, Reality and the Heirs of Anzac, a re-interpretation of the German invasion of Greece in 1941 entitled: Swastika over the Acropolis (with Associate Professor Eleanor Hancock), and most recently: Britannia’s Shield: Lieutenant-General Sir Edward Hutton and Late Victorian Imperial Defence. He has also edited a number of books including Zombie Myths of Australian Military History, Anzac’s Dirty Dozen: 12 Myths of Australian Military History, Before the Anzac Dawn (with Dr John Connor), and a forthcoming work entitled: The Shadow Men: the leaders who shaped the Australian Army from the Veldt to Vietnam.

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