Home' Army News : March 14th 2013 Contents A Soldier's Soldier
Author: Professor Jeffrey Grey
Publisher: Cambridge University
249 pages, RRP $59.95
Reviewer: Sgt Dave Morley
THE latest addition to Army
History Unit's wide-ranging
series of books tells the story
of one of the Army's top 20th
The book by Jeffrey Grey,
Professor of History at ADFA, is a
biography of the former Vietnam-
era Chief of General Staff, Lt-Gen
Sir Thomas Daly, titled A Soldier's
Launching the book, CA Lt-Gen
David Morrison said he had been
lucky enough to meet Sir Thomas
on several occasions when his
father, then-Lt-Col Alan Morrison,
worked for him as his Military
Assistant in 1970.
"Dad always maintained that
Sir Thomas was the architect of the
modern Australian Army and his
respect for him made a significant
impression on me at a young age,"
Lt-Gen Morrison said Professor
Grey's book was extremely valu-
able in terms of charting the devel-
opment of the modern Australian
"The reader is given the opportu-
nity to learn not just about the man,
but his time and the contemporary
issues that he faced as he became a
more senior officer," he said.
"Thomas Daly's role was pivotal
to how we fought in Vietnam.
"He was at the centre of key
decisions made about force struc-
ture, role and the employment of
such critical capabilities as helicop-
"I have no hesitation, and every
confidence, in recommending this
book to you."
Professor Grey said he was very
pleased Lt-Gen Daly's wife, Lady
Heather Daly, was able to attend the
"I hope that the book meets with
her approval and that Sir Thomas
would think it a worthy record of
his long and storied career," he said.
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Army March 14, 2013
By Bob Dikkenberg
SAY AGAIN, OVER
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The life of
Lt-Gen Sir Thomas Daly's story in print
Leader: Then Chief of the General
Staff, Lt-Gen Thomas Daly, speaks
with troops from 2RAR at Nui Dat in
South Vietnam in 1971.
Photo provided by the Australian War Memorial
A DETAILED ACCOUNT
PROFESSOR Jeffrey Grey spent fif-
teen years of his life working on this
biography of one of Australia's most
outstanding military leaders.
His detailed analysis of archival
records and Daly family papers has
left no stone unturned.
The book follows the career of for-
mer Chief of General Staff Lt-Gen
Sir Thomas Daly from his entry into
RMC Duntroon in 1930, through
to his retirement from the Army 40
However it is not just a story of
one man's life, it is the story of the
Australian Army's evolution over four
decades, and the behind-the-scenes
politics of the day.
His career spanned the most
complex and intense period of the
Australian Army's post-war commit-
ments, and for much of that period
he served as one of the Army's sen-
This book is a 'must read' for anyone
who aspires to be an effective leader.
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