By Jeffrey Grey
Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Daly was once a well known soldier and probably the most influential figures in Australia's army background. As leader of the final employees through the Vietnam warfare, he oversaw an important reorganisation of the military as he fought a battle less than political and source regulations. during this specified 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, protecting the major matters within the improvement of the Australian military alongside the best way. Drawing on broad interview transcripts, the booklet offers a compelling portrait of Sir Thomas Daly and his unusual profession.
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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. Although the German contribution to the subsequent campaigns in North Africa has received the lion’s share of attention, especially among film-makers and popular writers, the German effort could not have been sustained without the Italian logistic system in the Mediterranean or the efforts of the Italian navy and air force.
1 There can have been relatively few men in the battalion with direct experience of the new commanding officer from his days as the unit’s adjutant at the war’s beginning. Casualty rates among infantry battalions were nowhere near as severe in the Second World War as they had been in the Great War (unless one was unlucky enough to be in the 8th Division and suffered under the vicious bastardry of Japanese prisoner administration), but turnover within a battalion across five or six years of war was still considerable.
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.
A Soldier's Soldier: A Biography of Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Daly by Jeffrey Grey