A Stout Pair of Boots: A Guide to Exploring Australia's by Peter Stanley

By Peter Stanley

Teaching tips on how to get the main from your adventure while traveling an Australian battlefield, Peter Stanley—a veteran of battlefield examine in Borneo, Egypt, Turkey, and France—advises easy methods to organize for and behavior battlefield learn. He provides wide-ranging and useful tricks and advice, together with what to take, even if to move by myself or in a bunch, the way to remain secure, who to touch prior to you move, and the way to prevent getting in poor health when you are there. Drawing on his personal large event, and that of lots of his neighbors and co-workers, Peter sends an inspiring message to get out of the armchair and stroll the floor the place Australia's army heritage used to be made.

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I wasn’t able to visit all of the places I would have liked to. I didn’t get to Beersheba or Damascus, I wasn’t brave enough to visit Papua New Guinea, and I wasn’t interested enough to go to Korea or Viet Nam. But I did visit a lot of battlefields—well-known places like Pozières, Crete and Balikpapan, and obscure places like Mietín and Pinjarra. I also sought out non-Australian battlefields, in India, the United States, Britain and Europe–Gwalior, the Mule Shoe, Culloden and Waterloo. The sorts of battlefield research I did, you could do as well.

While historical research does demand knowledge and skill, these skills can be learned and practised at the ‘amateur’ level, and those ‘amateurs’ can contribute to the debate about what happened and why with equal validity. That doesn’t mean that anyone’s opinion is as worthwhile as anyone else’s—everyone ought to meet standards of documentation, argument and evidence—but there’s no reason why an informed amateur shouldn’t make an impression, as many have. Indeed, battlefield research is tailor-made for individuals to make contributions to understanding.

Australia--Armed Forces--History. 05 pt Garamond 3 by Bookhouse, Sydney Printed in Australia by McPherson’s Printing Group 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 In memory of those in whose footsteps we walk, and with thanks to my friends and colleagues in the Australian Army History Unit, who have allowed me to do so Contents Foreword Professor David Horner Acknowledgements Introduction: ‘Sniffing the ground’ Part 1 Battle plan: Why battlefield research? Part 2 Intelligence briefing: Where to go and why Part 3 Approach march: Planning your trip Part 4 Crossing the start-line: On the battlefield Part 5 Stand down: Home again Glossary Bibliography Index Foreword In November 1974 I set off to pre-independence Papua New Guinea to undertake research for what became my first book, Crisis of Command.

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