By Peter Stanley
Instructing the way to get the main from your adventure while vacationing an Australian battlefield, Peter Stanley—a veteran of battlefield examine in Borneo, Egypt, Turkey, and France—advises find out how to arrange for and behavior battlefield study. He supplies wide-ranging and functional tricks and suggestions, together with what to take, even if to head on my own or in a bunch, find out how to remain secure, who to touch earlier than you move, and the way to prevent getting ill while you are there. Drawing on his personal huge adventure, and that of lots of his neighbors and associates, 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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Extra info for A Stout Pair of Boots: A Guide to Exploring Australia's Battlefields
Casual visitors like us’, she concluded, ‘have to work hard to get much out of this inscrutable landscape’. Many battlefield landscapes are ‘inscrutable’, but asking the right questions of the terrain will help the most mute landscape to speak across time. Being able to read a battlefield involves using several skills that are actually not all that difficult to acquire. They amount to asking the right questions and being aware of relationships between several factors. They involve bringing to the front of your consciousness various things that a casual visitor might not recognise.
But all the documents leave questions unanswered. Above all, even the torn and stained pages of diaries and the fading pencil of message pads (not so indelible after all) don’t tell you everything about what it was like. No one source does or can. Historians need to make the most of the range of sources available. And besides maps, orders and official reports, private diaries and memoirs—all of which need to be consulted—one of the most important sources for history is the places where it happened.
History is none of those things. 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.
A Stout Pair of Boots: A Guide to Exploring Australia's Battlefields by Peter Stanley