• “Lest we Forget”

    Anzac Commemorative Site, Gallipoli

  • “This place is haunted by heroes.”

    4th Battalion Parade Ground Cemetery, Gallipoli

  • “We will remember them”

    Dawn Service, Gallipoli

  • “We salute the memory of those sacrificed”

    Ypres Reservoir Cemetery

  • “Do not give away this beautiful motherland”

    Amiens Riverside

Dr Peter Pedersen

Dr Peter Pedersen joined the Military History Section as a Senior Historian in 2008. He has written six books on World War I, as well as numerous articles on campaigns f’rom the Second World War and the Vietnam War, and on battlefields and military and aviation museums worldwide.

Peter’s military history is informed by professional knowledge of his field. He is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, the Australian Command and Staff College and the University of New South Wales, where he undertook his doctoral thesis. He commanded the 5th/7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, and was a political/strategic analyst in the Australian Office of National Assessments.

In 1990 Peter guided Prime Ministers Thatcher and Hawke over the Gallipoli Peninsula as part ofthe 75th anniversary commemoration of the Gallipoli campaign. He has appeared on Australian television and radio and spoken at military history seminars around the world. He has also led many tours to the Western Front and to other battlefields in Europe and Asia, which included organising and leading the first British tour to Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam.

Books

The Anzacs: Gallipoli to the Western Front. Penguin/Viking, Melbourne, 2007

Villers-Bretonneux. Leo Cooper, Barnsley, 2004

Fromelles. Leo Cooper, Barnsley, 2004

Hamel. Leo Cooper, Barnsley, 2003

Images of Gallipoli. Oxford UDiversity Press, Oxford, 1988

Monash as a Military Commander. Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1985

Contributions to other books

“The Defence of Australia’ in D.M. Horner (ed.), Duty First. A History of the Royal Australian Regiment. Allen & Unwin, Melbourne, 1990

‘The AIF on the Western Front’ in M. Browne and M. McKernan (eds.). Australia Two Centuries of War and Peace. Australian War Memorial/Allen & Unwin, Canberra, 1988

‘Sir John Morrash’ in D.M. Florner (ed.), The Commanders. Allen & Unwin, Melbourne, 1984

Introduction to C.E.W. Bean, Official History of Australia in the War 1914-18. III. The AIF in France in 1916. Queensland University Press, St, Lucia, 1982

Contributions to television and radio documentaries

Advised on and appeared in ABC television documentary, John Monash, The Forgotten Anzac, 2008.

Advised on and appeared in ABC television documentary Gallipoli: the Fatal Shore, 1988.

Participated in ABC radio documentary on Kemal Ataturk, Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1982.