A Soldier's Soldier: A Biography of Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Daly

Author(s): Jeffrey Grey

Military History

Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Daly was a renowned soldier and one of the most influential figures in Australia's military history. As Chief of the General Staff during the Vietnam War, he oversaw a significant re-organisation of the Army as he fought a war under political and resource restrictions. In this unique biography, Jeffrey Grey shows how Daly prepared himself for the challenges of command in a time of great political upheaval. A Soldier's Soldier examines Daly's career from his entry to Duntroon in the early 1930s until his retirement forty years later, covering the key issues in the development of the Australian Army along the way. Drawing on extensive interview transcripts, the book provides a compelling portrait of Sir Thomas Daly and his distinguished career.


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Jeffrey Grey is Professor and founding director of the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society at the University of New South Wales, Canberra.

Preface; 1. Regimental soldiering; 2. Balikpapan 1945; 3. 'He could fill any appointment with distinction'; 4. The challenges of senior rank; 5. Chief of the General Staff; 6. Daly, the Army, and the war in Vietnam 1966-71; 7. The 'Civic Action Crisis' 1971; 8. Epilogue.

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  • : 9781107031272
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : 0.5
  • : July 2012
  • : 228mm X 152mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jeffrey Grey
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 355.332092
  • : 264
  • : 36 b/w illus. 7 maps