A Soldier's Soldier

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
UNSW, Canberra

ISBN-13: 9781107031272
AUD $59.95

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 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
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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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.