Joan Beaumont works in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, The Australian National University. Her publications include the critically acclaimed Broken Nation: Australians and the Great War (2013); Ministers, Mandarins and Diplomats: The Making of Australian Foreign Policy, 1941–69 (ed.); Australia's War, 1939–45 (ed.); Australia's War, 1914–18 (ed.); and Gull Force: Survival and Leadership in Captivity, 1941–1945 (1988). She has developed a website on The Thai–Burma railway and Hellfire Pass for the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs and is a member of the Australian Research Council project, Serving Our Country: A History of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Defence of Australia.