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

By Jeffrey Grey

Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Daly was once a well known soldier and the most influential figures in Australia's army background. As leader of the final employees through the Vietnam battle, he oversaw an important reorganisation of the military as he fought a conflict below political and source regulations. during this designated biography, Jeffrey gray indicates how Daly ready himself for the demanding situations of command in a time of significant political upheaval. A Soldier's Soldier examines Daly's profession from his access to Duntroon within the early Thirties until eventually his retirement 40 years later, overlaying the most important matters within the improvement of the Australian military alongside the way in which. Drawing on broad interview transcripts, the ebook offers a compelling portrait of Sir Thomas Daly and his distinctive occupation.

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And with that his war in the Middle East, at least, came to an end. Even before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor widened the war and brought it measurably closer to Australia’s shores, the army had begun returning drafts of officers and senior NCOs from the Middle East to improve the standards of training and fitness among the militia formations and impart awareness of the advances that had occurred in warfare since the end of the Great War – which, for many older militia officers, had been their last experience of combat.

The siege was broken successfully by a British advance in November. As Daly later recalled, the 18th Brigade ‘didn’t prepare for Tobruk at all. 49 The decision was made to defend at the perimeter (the Red Line), utilising the Italian defensive works that were still extant and largely undamaged. Daly remembered that the ‘Italians had very substantial wire all around the perimeter’: ‘We repaired that. They had these very sophisticated dug-outs, which were concrete and you could go underground, and there were circular concrete line pits running off the main position.

The latter formed a fairly good appreciation of his senior’s views and intent and believed that he became ‘obsessed’ with regaining the Salient. 51 But the attrition of the garrison and the seemingly open-ended nature of its commitment in defence of the town also meant that Morshead was loath to risk his only reserve in an attack that might more or less wipe it out. Success in pushing the Germans right out again required ‘a really first class, well-organised, well-supported attack, which we weren’t able to do’, and merely confirmed Daly in the view that ‘if you couldn’t produce the goods to do it properly you shouldn’t do it at all’.

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