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Army October 14, 2010
By Graham McBean
THE payoff of victory and the
perils of defeat were under dis-
cussion at the 2010 Chief of
Army History Conference
in Canberra from September
Victory or defeat: armies in
the aftermath of conflict brought
national and international speakers
together to investigate what hap-
pens to armies after conflict.
From the French Revolution to
Vietnam -- better understanding the
impact on victor and vanquished
took centre stage at the National
CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie said it
was important to look to history as
a means of planning for the future.
He said governments needed
to make decisions and establish
national priorities after conflict -- to
purchase a new military capability
or build a hospital or freeway.
"There is rarely a problem
attracting funding priority for the
Army when we are at war -- espe-
cially a major war with national
survival at stake," Lt-Gen Gillespie
"Conversely, extended years of
peace in benign strategic environ-
ments makes attracting funding for
armies more difficult."
He said the mood of the popula-
tion also impacted on those deci-
sions -- especially when people
sought a peace dividend.
"That appealing concept of
a world free from war was most
in evidence in the 1920s -- an era
which was not a good period for an
army leadership trying to maintain
a credible defensive capability," he
said. "The reason, as we know well,
is that following a major conflict,
governments face intractable prob-
lems such as bankrupt treasuries,
national infrastructures in ruins, dis-
located populations and vast num-
bers of demobilised soldiers to be
assimilated back into civilian life."
Lt-Gen Gillespie said contem-
porary military planners needed
to understand the reasons gov-
ernments and nations of the time
"signed up to this view of the
Keynote speaker Prof Alan
Forrest, University of York, deliv-
ered the address A glorious defeat?
How the French remembered the
armies of the revolutionary and
He said the ideals of public
service and that an army should
reflect its society did live on when
hostilities ended and society faced
the problems of reintegration.
"I think the ideas [of the French
Revolution] did become perma-
nent -- they were embedded in the
French psyche," Prof Forrest said.
"When future wars arose -- most
notably World War I -- the French
never thought about the possibility
of a non-citizen army -- it was part
of the culture."
After victory: CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie delivers the opening address at this year's
CA history conference in Canberra.
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