Military History

Alan Roberts

Margaret Christie Studio

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 1 2020 Topics:

24 February    Win Fowles         Logistics of the American Civil War                 

2 March          David Manning   The causes of the First World War                

9 March           Darrell Roche     2nd Peloponnesian war 431-404 BC                  

16 March         Michele Mycock               Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 1943                      

23 March         Michele Mycock               Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 1943 (Continued) 

30  March       Rod Elsworth      Adolf Hitler: The secret of my success ….and failure….                     

6 April               Tom Hewitt         Hell Fire Pass Memorial                       

20 April            Ken Lynn             Churchill Atomic Bomb                            

4 May              Alan Roberts       Battle of the Marne                         

11 May            Geoffrey Gill       Pictorial D Day

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.