By Jeffrey Grey
Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Daly was once a well known soldier and some of the most influential figures in Australia's army heritage. As leader of the overall employees in the course of the Vietnam warfare, he oversaw an important reorganisation of the military as he fought a conflict less than political and source regulations. during this special 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 till his retirement 40 years later, masking the foremost matters within the improvement of the Australian military alongside the way in which. Drawing on vast interview transcripts, the ebook offers a compelling portrait of Sir Thomas Daly and his exotic occupation.
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Extra info for A Soldier's Soldier: A Biography of Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Daly
Daly was fortunate to have come no closer to the nastiness that characterised relations between too many of his seniors at this time. The 5th Division now undertook operations aimed at the reduction and capture of Salamaua. Their role was a supporting one, since the main operation was mounted by the 9th Division with the landing at Lae; the 5th Division aimed to keep the Japanese further south occupied so that R E G I M E N TA L S O L D I E R I N G 35 they could not reinforce their comrades opposing the landings.
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.
So there it was. ’33 The previous brigade major had been Ragnar Garrett, and Daly now followed him into the post as he had done earlier at Mount Gambier. Garrett was helpful in the handover, while many of the tasks as a brigade major involved the mixture of tact, firmness and clear-eyed intelligence that had been noted regularly in Daly’s confidential reports. Authority and responsibility were delegated within the brigade headquarters in broadly equal measure on a daily basis, and the brigade major was often charged with explaining the commander’s intent and with getting a group of sometimes difficult and forceful unit commanders to see matters his way, which is to say in the manner that the brigade commander (and, beyond him, higher command) had decided.
A Soldier's Soldier: A Biography of Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Daly by Jeffrey Grey