A Soldier's Soldier: A Biography of Lieutenant General Sir by Jeffrey Grey

By Jeffrey Grey

Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Daly was once a popular soldier and some of the most influential figures in Australia's army historical past. As leader of the overall employees through the Vietnam conflict, he oversaw an important reorganisation of the military as he fought a warfare below political and source regulations. during this exact biography, Jeffrey gray exhibits how Daly ready himself for the demanding situations of command in a time of serious political upheaval. A Soldier's Soldier examines Daly's occupation from his access to Duntroon within the early Thirties till his retirement 40 years later, masking the foremost concerns within the improvement of the Australian military alongside the way in which. Drawing on large interview transcripts, the publication offers a compelling portrait of Sir Thomas Daly and his unique profession.

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D. Wynter, commissioned into the A&I (Administrative and Instructional) Staff in 1911, was appointed to command the 9th Division in 1940, but his health failed before he could command in action. Vernon Sturdee (commissioned into the Royal Australian Engineers in 1911) briefly held command of the newly raised 8th Division in mid-1940, before being appointed as Chief of the General Staff (CGS) on the death of Brudenell White, while John Northcott (commissioned into the A&I Staff in 1912) was held back from this command in turn because his abilities and knowledge as a senior staff officer were considered vital to the war effort at that stage.

63 Those, like Daly, with ‘sand in our shoes’,64 were posted to the divisions and brigades in Australia ahead of the AIF’s return precisely to compensate for these structural deficiencies, which the army’s leadership fully recognised but about which, until then, they had been able to do little. These new appointments undoubtedly improved the efficiency and degree of recent military experience found in formations in Australia, and not only within the 5th Division, and the area in which this had the greatest influence was training, a field in which Daly excelled.

11 The popular stereotypes that Australians sometimes attach to their image of their soldiers do not hold true in explaining the proficiency of Australian officers any more than they explain the capabilities of Australian troops more generally. Appointment to command at various levels within the army was a somewhat vexed issue, especially early in the war, and has remained so in the literature since. The initial unit command appointments went to militia officers, and not a single Permanent Military Force (PMF) officer received an appointment as an infantry CO.

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