By Peter Stanley
Instructing the way to get the main from your event whilst vacationing an Australian battlefield, Peter Stanley—a veteran of battlefield learn in Borneo, Egypt, Turkey, and France—advises how one can organize for and behavior battlefield examine. He offers wide-ranging and sensible tricks and suggestions, together with what to take, no matter if to move on my own or in a bunch, the best way to remain secure, who to touch earlier than you cross, and the way to prevent getting ailing when you are there. Drawing on his personal huge adventure, and that of a lot of his associates and co-workers, Peter sends an inspiring message to get out of the armchair and stroll the floor the place Australia's army background was once made.
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Extra resources for A Stout Pair of Boots: A Guide to Exploring Australia's Battlefields
On his trips he carried pocket notebooks so he was always able to record an observation or an idea. In his Boyer Lectures, A Discovery of Australia, Clark reaffirmed his belief in the worth of the historian donning boots: ‘a historian must also go to the place where the events he is describing took place’. The modern interest in Australian military history owes a great deal to Ken Inglis, who as a young lecturer in history in Adelaide in 1965 travelled to Gallipoli with a group of returned men and wrote articles about what he had witnessed.
Because so little field work has been done, despite the impression that Australian military history is a crowded field, there is vast scope for a researcher to ask new questions about an aspect of Australia’s military past (pick a battle, almost any battle…) and to provide fresh understanding by asking questions about new evidence—the site where an event occurred. So few places have been thoroughly visited in this way that almost any study you can propose will—if you ask the right questions and present a coherent conclusion—deliver a new and worthwhile interpretation.
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. Because so little field work has been done, despite the impression that Australian military history is a crowded field, there is vast scope for a researcher to ask new questions about an aspect of Australia’s military past (pick a battle, almost any battle…) and to provide fresh understanding by asking questions about new evidence—the site where an event occurred.