In-Depth Briefing #36: Battle studies: The need for primary source research

Military conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Concept map of war

While both Ukrainian and international journalists have provided a wealth of on-the-ground reporting, there is still a need for oral histories to be gathered by researchers from multiple disciplines. Even the most courageous journalism is insufficient to provide the first rough draft of history.

Ben Connable and James Sladden argue that military and civilian defence leaders should fund structured battlefield research in Ukraine (and elsewhere), and re-evaluate the evidentiary basis for their understandings of the character of war.

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