Military History Workshop

Alan Roberts


The outline for the course is:

The causes of war, the social and cultural foundations, military doctrine on each side, the logistics, leadership, technology, strategy, and tactics used, and how these changed over time.  The details of battles, equipment, personalities and personal experiences are included. Also, moral issues such as the Just War Theory which discusses the moral dimensions of warfare, and how to better limit the destructive reality caused by war and seeks to establish a doctrine of military ethics.

The scope will be:

Military History worldwide and the time frame from the ancient to the modern. I.e. from the Trojan War to the Afghan war.

Semester 2 Topics:

29-Jul    Rod Elsworth      Military Psychology                         

5-Aug    John Le Mare     The Opium Wars                     

12-Aug  Michele Mycock               The Battle Which Saved England From French Rule                           

19-Aug  David Manning   Battle of Kursk                       

26-Aug  Darrell Roche     Alexander the Great                       

2-Sep     Steve Casely       History of Special Forces                       

9-Sep     Alan Roberts       Battle of Spion Kop                      

16-Sep   Ken Lynn                Hitler’s Atomic Bomb

About the Coordinator:

Alan is a qualified Electrical and Electronics Engineer and spent his working life in the IT industry holding various roles in multinational companies. He has been an active member of U3A noosa for 12 years and has produced a number of Travel documentaries. In 2018 Alan made a documentary on the “Life and Times of Lawrence of Arabia” and intends making similar documentaries in the future.