Title: Winning with Intelligence – A Biography of Brigadier John Rogers
Author: Thomson, Judy
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2000
Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 226 pages
Comments: The detailed biography Of Brigadier John Rogers.
This book is a military biography of Brigadier John Rogers, CBE, MC who rose from infantry private in the First World War to brigadier and Director of Military Intelligence between 1942 and 1945.
Serving under commanders such as Monash, Blamey, MacArthur and Mountbatten, Rogers’ story highlights wartime difficulties that arose for Australian political and military leaders- the junior partners among powerful allies.
Surviving the Gallipoli campaign with 6 Battalion, Rogers was appointed its Intelligence Officer and was with them at Pozieres. He went on to serve at Passchendaele as a brigade intelligence officer. He was on Monash’s staff for the decisive battles of Hamel in July and Germany’s ‘Black Day’, 8 August 1918.
Returning to civilian life and eventual management appointments with an oil company, he further developed his skills in training and management.
In the Second World War, General Blamey asked him “to take on intelligence”, and he served in the Middle East, the Western Desert, Greece and Syria before being ordered home.
In Australia he had to organise the many facets of intelligence-gathering to understand the capabilities of the Japanese, a relatively unknown and crafty enemy. The lead Rogers gave to Australian intelligence, is shown in the successful outcome of those operations for which intelligence, was often a deciding factor.
At war’s end, Rogers again returned to civilian life and a senior role in the business world. He never forgot those soldiers with whom he had served.
When security silence ended, Rogers’ story could be told.
This books shows how wars are won or lost through intelligence.