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The Commanders : Australian military leadership in the twentieth century

Author: D M Horner
Publisher: Sydney ; Boston : G. Allen & Unwin, 1984.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Commanders" tells the story of 16 of Australia's most eminent military men as they performed under the stress of strategy-making and in the heat of battle. The questions it addresses include: Is there an Australian style of command?; how well have Australian officers been prepared for high command?; how have Australian commanders handled the problems of coalition war or co-operation with allies?; how have  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D M Horner
ISBN: 0868614963 9780868614960 0868615048 9780868615042
OCLC Number: 11304521
Description: xix, 355 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: edited by D.M. Horner.

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"The Commanders" tells the story of 16 of Australia's most eminent military men as they performed under the stress of strategy-making and in the heat of battle. The questions it addresses include: Is there an Australian style of command?; how well have Australian officers been prepared for high command?; how have Australian commanders handled the problems of coalition war or co-operation with allies?; how have political direction, organizational structures and entrenched defense policy affected the performance of commanders in the field?; the commanders put under the spotlight are: Bridges, Brudenell White, Creswell, Chauvel, Monash, Lavarack, Sturdee, Gordon Bennett, Morshead, Blamey, Rowell, Herring, Vasey, Robertson, Scherger and Wilton. Each of the 16 lives examined presents a revealing account of the conditions under which crucial military decisions are made and carried out - on the battlefield, at headquarters, in victory and defeat. "The commanders" will appeal not only to students of military affairs but to everyone interested in Australian history and biography.

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