By Peter Stanley
Educating the way to get the main from your event whilst traveling an Australian battlefield, Peter Stanley—a veteran of battlefield examine in Borneo, Egypt, Turkey, and France—advises the best way to arrange for and behavior battlefield examine. He provides wide-ranging and sensible tricks and counsel, together with what to take, no matter if to move on my own or in a bunch, tips to remain secure, who to touch ahead of you pass, and the way to prevent getting in poor health if you are there. Drawing on his personal large event, and that of a lot 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 historical past was once made.
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I’ve been lucky enough to have these experiences because for nearly 30 years I’ve been trying to understand and explain that bit of the human experience of the past we call ‘Australian military history’. So as well as keeping up with what other people have said about war, reading documents in archives and listening to people who’ve experienced it, I’ve visited many of the places where battles occurred and looked and thought about what happened there. Visiting places like Gallipoli, Tarakan, Alamein and Mont St Quentin, among others, has given me some of the most exciting times a military historian can have, some of the most satisfying experiences in writing history and some sobering moments of sadness and poignancy.
Pedersen took an informed, intelligent, intense interest in the configuration of terrain and how it affected the thinking of commanders and the actions of their troops. But he was no mere ‘general staff’ analyst. He also responded emotionally to what had occurred in those places long ago. His ‘Ghosts of Anzac’ article defined a productive way for historians to engage with battlefields, and its spirit permeates the approaches discussed in this book. By the early 1980s, then, the expectation had now been set: good military history needed to be based on a knowledge of the ground.
And how could 40,000 bodies have littered it at dusk? All of these visitors—Henry Parkes, Edwin Bean and his boys, and William Fitchett—were seeing Waterloo in person; they were not just reading about it. So there seems to be a tradition in Australia of visiting battlefields. But it has had a tenuous life. Besides occasional ‘pilgrimages’ by returned men and women, and later their families—which are a different sort of battlefield visit—few Australians sought out battlefields between Bean’s return from Gallipoli in 1919 and about 1980.