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.

The format will be:

Initially 6-8 weeks of weekly presentations by members and specialist Guest Speakers.

Initial Topics

Principles of Warfare                                    Rod Elsworth

Operation Market Garden 1944                 Alan Roberts

Improvised Explosive Devices 2019           David Manning

The Battle for Europe                                    Michelle Mycock

Wellington: his military tactics                    John La Mare

Nelson the man                                              Douglas Stewart

The second Punic War 218-201 BC           Darrel Roche

The Battle for the Coral Sea                        Randall Gibson


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.