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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 the most influential figures in Australia's army historical past. As leader of the final employees throughout the Vietnam battle, he oversaw an important reorganisation of the military as he fought a battle lower than political and source regulations. during this distinct biography, Jeffrey gray exhibits how Daly ready himself for the demanding situations of command in a time of significant 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 foremost concerns within the improvement of the Australian military alongside the way in which. Drawing on large interview transcripts, the ebook presents a compelling portrait of Sir Thomas Daly and his unique profession.

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001) 16th, 17th and 18th Brigades would form the 6th Australian Division, the first Australian formation committed to the war in the Middle East; the 2/10th had taken over lines at Ingleburn vacated by the 16th Brigade when it had shipped out. However, a reduction in the number of infantry battalions in a brigade from four to three meant that two of the battalions in Egypt were now surplus to establishment. The 2/11th, part of the original 18th Brigade, had embarked separately from the remainder and ended up in Egypt, where it formed part of a newly constituted 19th Brigade in the 6th Division.

Morshead deployed his brigades (three from the 9th and one from the 7th Australian Divisions) together with British and Indian infantry, gunners and some armour in an aggressive defensive strategy. Enemy attacks in March and April concentrated on the strongest parts of the town’s mostly well-established defences, and were beaten back, sometimes inflicting heavy losses. 47 Tobruk’s significance lay in the port facilities of the town – one of only two along the North African coast before Tripoli – together with Hitler’s decision to send the Deutsches Afrika Korps (DAK) to retrieve the Italians’ fortunes after their catastrophic defeat at British and Empire hands in the first Libyan campaign, recently concluded.

J. Daly addressing a parade of the 2/10th Battalion, Kairi, Queensland, October 1944. 18 The arrival of the new CO of the 2/10th brought with it an upswing in the training cycle. 19 Selected officers and men were sent on training courses while training within the battalion became ‘more intense’ following Daly’s arrival. There was an increasing emphasis on amphibious operations, first at the theoretical level in staff exercises and using sand models, and subsequently involving all ranks at Trinity Beach in November.

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