Nov-25 Sydney: Monash: the man behind the general.

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The centenary of the armistice that ended the fighting on the Western Front was commemorated around the world.

With the signing of the armistice, the First World War was effectively over. The allies had defeated Germany. Commanded by Lieutenant General Sir John Monash, the Australian Corps played a leading role in the advance that led to victory. Along the way, Monash gained an international reputation that remains undimmed after 100 years. Peter will explore some of Monash’s personal qualities to explain the man behind the general.

Dr Peter Pedersen 

Peter is one of Australia’s leading military historians. His publications include ten books on the First World War, the acclaimed Monash as military commander among them, contributions to several other works, and numerous journal articles on campaigns from both the First and Second World Wars and the Vietnam War. He has appeared frequently on Australian television and radio and as a speaker at military history conferences and seminars worldwide, and has also guided many tours to the Western Front and other battlefields in Europe and Asia. This included leading and organising the first British tour to Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam.

A graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, the Australian Command and Staff College, and the University of New South Wales, Peter commanded the 5th/7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, and was a political/strategic analyst in the Australian Office of National Assessments. Joining the Australian War Memorial as Senior Historian, he became Head of its Research Centre and then Acting Assistant Director of the Memorial and Head of the National Collection Branch.

In 2013 Peter was appointed consultant historian for the Australian government’s centenary commemorative projects on the Australian battlefields of the Western Front. In this role, he oversaw the preparation of historical content for the recently opened Sir John Monash Centre on the Villers-Bretonneux battlefield in France.

Sunday 25th November, 2018 at

3:00 PM The Sydney Jewish Museum 146 Darlinghurst Rd,


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