By Jeffrey Grey
Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Daly used to be 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 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 profession from his access to Duntroon within the early Thirties until eventually his retirement 40 years later, protecting the foremost concerns within the improvement of the Australian military alongside the best way. Drawing on broad interview transcripts, the e-book offers a compelling portrait of Sir Thomas Daly and his distinct occupation.
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H. Robertson, attempted to spread the opportunities for command experience among their juniors, mindful of the potential needs of the postwar army. Another regular officer (and subsequent CGS), Brigadier Henry Wells, observed to Gavin Long: ‘It was a great pity that so many of the younger Staff Corps officers had so little active experience. ’15 Although he had left the battalion four years previously, Daly had kept in touch with many of its officers and soldiers while serving with the 18th Brigade headquarters in the desert, and by the time he returned some of these men were company commanders and senior NCOs.
45 This wry observation offered years after the event belied the impact on him at the time, something conveyed to Gavin Long in conversation towards the war’s end. In Long’s words, ‘It was a trying experience for him. His first show (apart from some time on 6 Div staff in the desert), and when it began Wootten was sick and on his back much of the time. And it nearly went wrong when our arty began falling among our own men. It was partly the arty’s fault and partly the inf’s. ’46 We may be sure nonetheless that, standing in for the brigade commander, Daly felt some indirect responsibility for the casualties that eventuated, marring an otherwise outstanding small operation.
Training began in earnest, however, only once the battalion moved to Ingleburn, outside Sydney, just before Christmas 1939. J. Morshead, and Daly had got to know him a bit during the battalion’s working-up period; Morshead visited his units regularly, and as adjutant Daly usually accompanied him and the CO during their rounds. 30 The original conception was that the 16 A SOLDIER’S SOLDIER Photo 10 2/10th Battalion officers, 1939. 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.
A Soldier's Soldier: A Biography of Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Daly by Jeffrey Grey