By Jeffrey Grey

Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Daly was once a well known soldier and essentially the most influential figures in Australia's army background. As leader of the final employees through the Vietnam battle, he oversaw an important reorganisation of the military as he fought a battle below political and source regulations. during this particular biography, Jeffrey gray indicates 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 Nineteen 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 large interview transcripts, the publication presents a compelling portrait of Sir Thomas Daly and his extraordinary occupation.

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The lessons and observations from Tobruk were clearly evident as well: ‘exercises will cater for further experience in . . letting [tanks] through “soft spots” and dealing with accompanying inf[antry] . . Emphasis must be made on the importance of speedy and accurate communications. There is always room for improvement in this and particularly at present . . ’65 Above all, Daly emphasised the importance of strong battle drills, something that Australian soldiers quickly came to appreciate in both world wars and beyond: in his view, ‘one of the greatest obstacles in most operations is the time factor.

Furthermore, Italian forces made up the majority of the Axis command in the theatre, and the Italians, in the end, held out a week longer than their much-vaunted German partners following the latter’s surrender in Tunisia in early May 1943. At the end of April the enemy launched a fresh and concerted attack against the Salient, and penetrated three kilometres before losing momentum and coordination. By 4 May the attack was called off, but a number of fortified positions were lost by the garrison and, despite Morshead’s repeated attempts, were not recovered.

14 He was the last to hold such an appointment in the Second AIF. 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.

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