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Sword and Baton

Senior Australian Army Officers from Federation to 2001, Volume Two: 1939 to 1962

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Authors: Justin Chadwick
Military History, Biography
153mm x 230mm

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The second in the Sword and Baton series, this volume is a collection of 106 biographies representing every Australian Army officer to reach the rank of major general between 1939 and 1962. Like the previous volume, this book includes chaplains general and surgeons general, along with many officers largely neglected in Australian military history.

In portraying the careers of these officers, author Justin Chadwick shows how their range of skills and capabilities helped further military interests throughout times of transition. The lean interwar period had tested the dedication of officers with limited opportunities exacerbated by the Great Depression and defence cuts. While during the Second World War Australian forces proved themselves in combat, Australian officers developed the logistics and production of materiel required to support them, and to satisfy the ongoing needs of the military. Then during the post war period and increasing Cold War tensions, force structures were fundamentally altered, with a move to a professional field force and deployments to Korea and Malaya.

As well as a series of biographies, Sword and Baton continues to explore the development of the Australian Army into a professional organisation, shaped by the various contributions of its officers during peacetime and war.

Justin Chadwick

Justin Chadwick

Justin Chadwick holds a PhD in history from the University of Adelaide. He has taught at the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia, and worked in the book trade and automotive industry.

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1 review for Sword and Baton

  1. Dr. Justin Chadwick’s Sword and Baton, Volume 2, is an enlightening and thought-provoking book. Through detailed narratives, rich examples, and
    practical insights, the author offers readers a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and responsibilities that come with military leadership roles in this challenging period. Whether you are a seasoned military leader or aspiring to take on leadership positions in the civilian world, this book is an invaluable resource that will inspire and equip you to better navigate the complex landscape of leadership.

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