By Peter Stanley
Instructing how one can get the main from your adventure whilst vacationing an Australian battlefield, Peter Stanley—a veteran of battlefield examine in Borneo, Egypt, Turkey, and France—advises the right way to organize for and behavior battlefield examine. He offers wide-ranging and useful tricks and assistance, together with what to take, no matter if to move on my own or in a gaggle, the way to remain secure, who to touch sooner than you cross, and the way to prevent getting in poor health while you are there. Drawing on his personal vast 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 historical past was once made.
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Extra resources for A Stout Pair of Boots: A Guide to Exploring Australia's Battlefields
Of course you can’t actually hear the noise of continuous bomb explosions and the crackle of rifle fire, smell the stench of decay and excrement or feel the flies pestering your face. But at least you can imagine it all the better, and that’s the point of the thing. A landscape is not a ‘given’. It has several components: the natural or physical, the human or cultural and military, and each part operates on a different timescale. Every place has a natural and a human history, stretching over many thousands of years of evolving landscape and hundred of years of human habitation or use.
Forced march: Extreme battlefield research Most Australian battlefields are within easy reach of comfortable accommodation and a range of transport options. Battlefields in Gallipoli, Greece, Singapore and Malayasia, even Viet Nam, can be reached by car or taxi from good hotels. The visitor to Pozières or Bullecourt may end the day in a sombre and reflective mood, but he or she will certainly enjoy a first-rate meal. But some places can demand more stamina and dedication. On Gallipoli or Crete visitors can camp out—a journalist of my acquaintance slept out at Anzac in September, just to experience what it was like.
It’s always bemused me that as an economic historian Tawney was hardly known for his field work, and doesn’t seem to have published anything that depended on investigating an event on the site (and tracking down an exact source for this seemingly apocryphal quotation took me hours by itself). Still, his advice has been a beacon for a certain sort of historian ever since. Many Australian historians—including Manning Clark, Russel Ward and Keith Hancock—have echoed Tawney’s admonition; this book represents merely its latest outing.