The Fight Leaders: A Study of Australian Battlefield Leadership (Green, Ferguson and Hasset)
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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 192 pages
Author: B. Butler, A. Argent & J. Shelton
Other: b&w photos, maps, glossary, appendixes, index
Publisher: Australian Military History Publications
This book is the story of leadership within the Australian Army and in particular during World War Two and in Korea.
During a twelve month period in the Korean War, 3RAR had three commanders - Green who was killed by enemy artillery, Ferguson who was removed from his command for reasons that are still debated and Hassett who was widely accepted as a great military leader and a true 'officer and a gentleman'.
During these changes of command 3RAR successfully fought the battles of Kapyong and Maryang San.
1. The Spirit of Mont St Quentin: The Ethos of the Australian Army
2. The Second AIF and Post War: Standing Alone
3. Battalions, Commanders and Background
4. The Youngest CO: Charles Green
5. The Next Leader: Bruce Ferguson
6. Officer and Gentleman: Frank Hassett
7. The Institution
Glossary and Abbreviations
Appendix A. Directive to Major Brown
Appendix B. Situation Report
Appendix C. Patrol Officer
Many more Australians have commanded infantry Battalions in action than brigades or divisions, but there are few books about the problems of command at this intensely personal and demanding level. With vast personal experience of infantry battalions at war, the authors are well equipped to bring to life the remarkable achievements of these three outstanding Australian battalion commanders. - Professor David Horner, ANU