Chiefs of the Australian Army: Higher Command of the Australian Military Forces 1901-1914

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 228 pages
Author: J. Wood
Year: 2006
ISBN: 9781876439408
Other: b&w photos, appendixes, bibliog, index
Publisher: Australian Military History Publications

'The Chiefs' tells the remarkable story of the talented, dedicate, and now little known, generals who led and shaped the Australian Army in its challenging formative years.

Most important was Sir Edward Hutton, the larger than life Imperial officer, who, as the Army's first commander, battled with politicians to create a new army out of the disparate colonial forces. The first Chief of the General Staff, William Bridges, who later died commanding Australians at Gallipoli, is also well known; but other generals were also important.

Drawing on a wide ranging research, Dr Wood brings to life the achievements of men like John Hoad, Australia's military attache with the Japanese Army in Manchuria, and creator of the Australian General Staff, and Harry Finn, a hero of Kabul and Omdurman, who became the Army's inaugural Inspector General.

'The Chiefs' explains how Adrian Wilson, exemplar British staff officer, oversaw the introduction of the Universal Training Scheme and the reorganisation of the Citizen forces. Another distinguished British officer, George Kirkpatrick, Inspector General at a time of rising international tension, worked relentlessly to prepare the Army for war.

Yet it was the obscure Joseph Maria Gordon, Chief of the General Staff, who reshaped the General Staff into a War Staff, and in 1912 negotiated contribution to a joint expeditionary force with New Zealand in the event of war.

These extraordinary men laid the foundation for the Australian Profession of Arms 'whereby the Australian soldier, who by his military virtues, and by his deeds in battle, has earned himself a place in history which none can challenge'. (Monash)

Prologue: The Development of the General Staff System to 1914
Chapter 1. The Military Legacies of the British Colonial Period in Australia 1788-1901
Chapter 2. The Exemplar Imperial Officer: Colonel Sir E.T.H. Hutton, KCMG, CB
Chapter 3. The General Officer Commanding the Military Forces of Australia: Major General Sir E.T.H. Hutton, KCMG, CB
Chapter 4. The Military Board: Administration and Control of Committee
Chapter 5. The First Inspector General of the Military Forces of Australia: Major General H. Finn, CB, DCM
Chapter 6. The Career Development of the First Australian Major General: Major General J.C. Hoar, CMG
Chapter 7. From Cadet to Inspector General: Brigadier General W.T. Bridges, CMG
Chapter 8. Laying the Foundations for an Australian General Staff: Major General Sir J.C. Hoad, KCMG, ADC
Chapter 9. Sustaining the Imperial Influence: Acting Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant Colonel F.A. Wilson, DSO, RFA, and Inspector General of the Military Forces of Australia, Major General G.M. Kirkpatrick, CB
Chapter 10. A General Staff is essentially a War Staff: Brigadier General J.M. Gordon, CB

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