Craig Stockings is a Professor of History at the University of New South Wales. In 2016 Professor Stockings accepted an appointment from the Prime Minister as the Official Historian of Australian Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Australian Peacekeeping Operations in East TImor. His areas of academic interest concern general and Australian military history and he has published extensively in the field. Most notably such works include a history of the army cadet movement in Australia entitled: The Torch and the Sword, a study of the First Libyan Campaign in North Africa 1940-41: Bardia: Myth, Reality and the Heirs of Anzac, a re-interpretation of the German invasion of Greece in 1941 entitled: Swastika over the Acropolis (with Associate Professor Eleanor Hancock), and most recently: Britannia's Shield: Lieutenant-General Sir Edward Hutton and Late Victorian Imperial Defence. He has also edited a number of books including Zombie Myths of Australian Military History, Anzac's Dirty Dozen: 12 Myths of Australian Military History, Before the Anzac Dawn (with Dr John Connor), and a work entitled: The Shadow Men: the leaders who shaped the Australian Army from the Veldt to Vietnam.