Title: The Commanders : Australian Military Leadership in the Twentieth Century

Author: Horner, David

Condition: Very Good +

Edition: 1st Edition

Publication Date: 1984

ISBN: 0868614963

Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 355 pages

Comments: “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 defence 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.