A graduate of the University of Adelaide, he specialises in the history of the First World War and the Vietnam War.
Ekins wrote the final two volumes of the Official History of Australian Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948–1975, covering Australian Army ground operations in Vietnam: On the Offensive: The Australian Army in the Vietnam War, 1967-1968 (co-authored with Ian McNeill, 2003), and Fighting to the Finish: The Australian Army and the Vietnam War, 1968–1975 (2012). He has published widely on the role of Australian soldiers in the First World War and contributed chapters to a number of books.
Ekins most recent books include 1918 Year of Victory: The end of the Great War and the shaping of history (edited, 2010); and War Wounds: Medicine and the trauma of conflict (co-edited with Elizabeth Stewart, 2011). He also compiled and wrote an introduction to the Memorial’s third edition of The Anzac Book (2010).
Ekins has led the Memorial’s annual battlefield tours to Gallipoli as historical guide and studied the Gallipoli campaign extensively, visiting Gallipoli on over twenty occasions to explore the battlefields with Turkish, Australian and British historians.
Ekins researched and wrote the popular pocket Guide to the battlefields, cemeteries and memorials of the Gallipoli peninsula (fifth revised edition, 2012).
Books Edited by Ashley Ekins