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Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Daly was once a well known soldier and essentially the most influential figures in Australia's army background. As leader of the overall employees throughout the Vietnam battle, he oversaw an important reorganisation of the military as he fought a struggle below political and source regulations. during this certain biography, Jeffrey gray indicates 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 Nineteen Thirties till his retirement 40 years later, masking the major matters within the improvement of the Australian military alongside the way in which. Drawing on vast interview transcripts, the publication presents a compelling portrait of Sir Thomas Daly and his individual occupation.

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There were many reasons why individuals did not volunteer for service overseas with the Second AIF – age, health, family circumstances, restricted occupations – and some older militia officers who had done their best in difficult circumstances were left unimpressed by the advent of younger, brasher officers who appeared intent on undoing and redoing things that they had already put in place. 69 This was just as well because, as we have seen, there was a great deal of work to be done, not least in reorganising the headquarters and placing it on an operational footing before, in January 1943, the 5th Division was ordered north to Papua.

12 If there was a blanket directive to exclude regular officers in such a manner, it did not last long. H. Robertson (RMC Class of 1914) received command of the 19th Brigade on its formation in North Africa in 1940, and was succeeded by Colonel George Vasey (RMC Class of 1915). 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.

Ned’ Herring; the brigade commanders – Allen, Savige and Vasey – had all been with the division since its departure from Australia; and the headquarters staff was tremendously experienced – Daly thought it ‘magnificent’. The division was assigned occupation duties in the former Vichy French territory but was engaged as well in preparations for winter warfare against an apprehended move by the Germans south through Turkey, in the winter, as a means of outflanking the Allied position in the Middle East.

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