Mat McLachlan is one of Australia's leading war historians and battlefield guides, and has spent more than a decade following in the footsteps of Australian troops on battlefields around the world. His 2007 book, Walking with the Anzacs
, is considered the definitive guide to Australian battlefields on the Western Front. It was reprinted in 2008, and a fully-updated version was published in 2009.
Mat's second book, Gallipoli: The Battlefield Guide
, was released in April 2010 and is the most comprehensive guide to the Australian battlefields of Gallipoli yet published. It follows the success of Walking with the Anzacs
by breaking down the entire Gallipoli battlefield into easy-to-follow walking and driving tours, each accompanied by a concise history of the campaign and the story of the action in the words of the soldiers who were there. The book is illustrated with clear maps and both archival and modern photos. Both Mat's books are available at bookshops Australia-wide.
Mat also produced and appeared in the First World War documentary Lost in Flanders
, which aired on the ABC in April 2009. The documentary follows the emotional story of the discovery of the bodies of five Australian soldiers on a Belgian battlefield, and their subsequent identification using DNA testing. Lost in Flanders
was one of the most watched documentaries of Anzac Day 2009, and has garnered high praise from the public and reviewers alike.
Mat also appears regularly as a historian on the ABC, The History Channel and Channel 7. He is a regular guest on Sunrise
with Mel and Kochie, and in July 2010 co-hosted Channel 7's live coverage of the dedication of the new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Cemetery. His co-host was respected Channel 7 news reporter Chris Reason.
Mat is the founder of Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours and personally designs all our tours. He also personally escorts Coach 1 on our most popular tour, Anzac Day on the Western Front. Spaces on Mat's escorted tour are always in demand, so we recommend booking early if you would like to join him on this special tour.
Mat enjoys sharing his passion for the battlefields. If you would like to contact him directly, his email address is