A Biography of Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Daly, Jeffrey Grey
Dr Jeffrey Grey
Professor of History
Director, Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society
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 reorganisation 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.
Table of Contents 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
Watch the video of the book launch held at Military Shop on 19 November
2012. Video courtesy of University of New South Wales Canberra.
About the author
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. The author or editor of numerous books and articles,
he held the Major General Matthew C. Horner Chair in Military Theory at
Marine Corps University, Quantico, and served as a Trustee of the Society
of Military History.
This volume is part of the Australian Army History series, published
in association with the Army History Unit, under the editorship of Professor
David Horner AM.
About the series
The study of military history forms a critical part of the Army's learning
cycle. By publishing the work of the nation's pre-eminent military historians,
the Australian Army and Cambridge University Press aim to promote, to
a worldwide audience, our country's proud military heritage. Detailing
the history of the Army, its people and its contribution to Australia's
development, the series presents readers with contemporary perspectives
and authoritative accounts of the key issues in the Army's past. The Australian
Army is pleased to collaborate with Cambridge University Press to deliver
the official Australian Army History Series.