Ashley Ekins biography

Ashley Ekins is chief historian at the Australian War Memorial.

A graduate of the University of Adelaide, he has worked as a military historian at the Memorial for 29 years, specialising in the history of the First World War and the Vietnam War.

His First World War publications include: 1918 Year of Victory: the end of the Great War and the shaping of history (ed., 2010, runner-up for the Templer Medal); War Wounds: medicine and the trauma of conflict (ed. with Elizabeth Stewart, 2011); and Gallipoli: a ridge too far (ed., 2013, second, revised edition 2015).

Ashley led the Memorial’s annual battlefield tours to Gallipoli for 20 years and developed a detailed knowledge of the former battlefields and the history of that campaign. As an authority on the Vietnam War, he has also researched and written extensively on Australian Army operations in Vietnam, including two volumes of the Australian official history: On the Offensive: the Australian Army in the Vietnam War, 1967–1968 (co-authored with the late Dr Ian McNeill, published in 2003); and the final volume in the nine-volume series, Fighting to the Finish: the Australian Army and the Vietnam War 1968–1975 (published in 2012).