Title: The Right Man for the Right Job – Lieutenant-General Sir Stanley Savage as a Military Commander
Author: Keating, Gavin
Condition: Near Mint +
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2006
Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 216 pages.
Comments: The detailed biography of Lieutenant-General Sir Stanley Savage. Now a scarce and very desirable military biography book.
Lieutenant General Sir Stanley George Savige, KBE, CB, DSO, MC, ED (26 June 1890 – 15 May 1954), was an Australian Army soldier and officer who served in World War I and World War II, rising to the rank of lieutenant general.
Savige enlisted in the First Australian Imperial Force in 1915, and served in the ranks during the Gallipoli Campaign, where he received a commission. Later transferring to the Western Front, Savige was twice recommended for the Military Cross for bravery. He joined Dunsterforce and served in the Caucasus Campaign, during which he was instrumental in protecting thousands of Assyrian refugees. After the war, he wrote a book, Stalky’s Forlorn Hope, about his experiences in Persia and Iraq. He also played a key role in the establishment of Legacy Australia, the war widows and orphans benefit fund.
Described as “one of the most controversial Australian senior soldiers” of World War II, Savige commanded a brigade in the North African campaign, the Battle of Greece and Syria-Lebanon campaign. His outspoken criticism of professional soldiers earned him their rancour, but he commanded a division in the Salamaua-Lae campaign. He ultimately rose to the rank of lieutenant general in the Australian Army, commanding a corps in the Bougainville campaign.