The Cowra Breakout is a riveting read that brings to life the missing piece of Australia’s World War Two history- the story of the only battle of that war to be fought on Australian soil, told by bestselling historian Mat McLachlan. This compelling and fascinating book, written by one of Australia’s leading battlefield historians, vividly traces the full story of the Breakout. It is a tale of proud warriors and misfit Australian soldiers. Of negligence and complacency, and of authorities too slow to recognise danger before it occurred – and too quick to cover it up when it was too late. But mostly it is a story about raw human emotions, and the extremes that people will go to when they feel all hope is lost. Mat will be In Conversation with Ex-serviceman and history buff Brett Kenworthy.

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Mat McLachlan is one of Australia’s leading battlefield historians and media presenters in the history space. He is the author of Walking With The Anzacs, Gallipoli: The Battlefield Guide and The Cowra Breakout, and the founder of Mat McLachlan Battlefield tours, which sends thousands of Australian’s to visit battlefield’s around the world each year, including Cowra.

As a media presenter, Mat is a regular on TV and radio and in print. His Living History podcast reaches more than 5 million Australian history enthusiasts each week, and he produces the Battle Walks and Pete and Gary’s Military History podcasts. Mat also produces and presents history documentaries for various networks. He appears regularly as a historical expert on all major Australian television and radio networks, and reaches over five million viewers on YouTube each year. He lives in Sydney with his wife and children.

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