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By Jeffrey Grey

Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Daly used to be a well known soldier and 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 lower than political and source regulations. during this exact 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 profession from his access to Duntroon within the early Thirties till his retirement 40 years later, protecting the major concerns within the improvement of the Australian military alongside the way in which. Drawing on huge interview transcripts, the booklet presents a compelling portrait of Sir Thomas Daly and his exotic profession.

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44 Having ‘gallantly observed the battle all day’ (a characteristic understatement on his part), Daly returned to Brigade Headquarters that afternoon ‘to share with the Brigadier a bottle of Scotch which had been saved to celebrate victory, only to find that it had been consumed by a gang of war correspondents. ’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.

We [2/10th Battalion] had no casualties [at Balikpapan] from exhaustion. ’28 The landings in Borneo (the others were made by the 26th Brigade Group at Tarakan on 1 May and the 9th Division against Labuan and Brunei Bay on 10 June) were approved by the Combined Chiefs of Staff in February as part of the strategic planning governing the final phases of the war against Japan, and had several purposes (although these shifted in the course of the deliberations and some of the accompanying declarations of intent were not to be taken at face value).

The Middle East Staff College was at Haifa, in Palestine, and Daly attended the course there between February and June 1942. 59 Wartime necessity in its turn demanded that the course cram what would normally have taken two years in the pre-war course at Camberley or Quetta into a greatly truncated period, and course members worked very hard. Some of the instruction had little to do with the problems of the desert, but then many of those who passed through the courses at Haifa would find themselves in other theatres facing other enemies sooner or later – very much sooner in the case of many of the Australians.

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