By Peter Stanley
Educating tips on how to get the main from your event whilst vacationing an Australian battlefield, Peter Stanley—a veteran of battlefield examine in Borneo, Egypt, Turkey, and France—advises how one can arrange for and behavior battlefield study. He supplies wide-ranging and functional tricks and guidance, together with what to take, even if to move on my own or in a bunch, tips to remain secure, who to touch prior to you pass, and the way to prevent getting in poor health while 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 background was once made.
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Au. I am grateful once again to Ian Bowring of Allen & Unwin for backing an idea and to John Mapps and Angela Handley for their help in editing and producing this book. I thank Claire, Claire and Jane for tolerating me disappearing both to the Somme and to the study yet again. INTRODUCTION ‘Sniffing the ground’ I’ve stood on Baby 700 and watched the sun rise over the Dardanelles and tried to work out where the lost parties of Australians disappeared in the hours following the landing at Anzac. On the Borneo island of Tarakan I’ve pushed my way through the jungle on top of a hill that I think was the same one that the Australians of Oboe One force called ‘Freda’, listening to the roar of the insects of the rainforest, and tried to understand how they could possibly have worked out where their enemy was.
Perhaps I might also have sought a better understanding of the cultural and political environment in which I was operating. The book has, however, caused me reflect on the fact that visiting battlefields or key historical sites has been integral to my work. On a later visit to Papua New Guinea, with students from the Joint Service Staff College, I was able to bring out some important lessons of joint operations by visiting Wau, Finschhafen, Wewak, Manus Island and Rabaul. In my own research, I have commented many times that going to battlefields always gives you a new perspective—they are never quite what you imagined them to be.
He wanted to visit the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Western Front to help him understand John Monash as a military commander—the title of what became his PhD and a book. I had recommended that we give him a grant. My boss seemed unconvinced. ’ But he must have relented because we gave Peter a grant, and 30 years on I now know what I only suspected then: just how valuable it can be to sniff the ground. This book explains why, and how you can too. ‘There are few things more interesting than a visit to an old battlefield…’ —British antiquarian William Howitt, in his Visits to Remarkable Places, reflecting on a visit to Culloden, exactly 90 years after the battle, in 1836 PART 1 Battle plan: Why battlefield research?