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By Peter Stanley

ISBN-10: 1741756650

ISBN-13: 9781741756654

Instructing easy methods to get the main from your event while traveling an Australian battlefield, Peter Stanley—a veteran of battlefield study in Borneo, Egypt, Turkey, and France—advises how you can organize for and behavior battlefield study. He offers wide-ranging and useful tricks and information, together with what to take, no matter if to move by myself or in a gaggle, find out how to remain secure, who to touch prior to you pass, and the way to prevent getting ailing if you are there. Drawing on his personal huge event, and that of lots of his associates and associates, Peter sends an inspiring message to get out of the armchair and stroll the floor the place Australia's army historical past used to be made.

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Military historians aren’t the only people to have taken an interest in field work. But while historians of industry have also donned their stout boots (and while archaeologists have picked up trowels and toothbrushes too), among the most determined followers of Tawney’s dictum have been military historians. I once wrote an article about my explorations of the battlefields of Borneo (including the Sandakan death march route). In it I recalled how my first boss at the Memorial had been very sceptical of the value of visiting battlefields.

The answer is that it has just about all been washed away after 90 years of winter rains. But what about Quinn’s Post cemetery? Wasn’t that built on top of the post? Many visitors will assume that—tour guides even tell them so, but it isn’t true. If you take bearings from various points around Quinn’s and plot them on a map you find that the cemetery was actually built on Bloody Angle, and that the terraces of Quinn’s are long gone. So far so good: the problem is what to do with that knowledge.

Hallam Murray’s chapter on cycling expeditions in the Royal Geographical Society Expedition Handbook gives many useful tips. You could also emulate Richard Holmes—if you dare. He followed the 1914 retreat from Mons on horseback, a feat recorded in his admirable Riding the Retreat.

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