Tribute to Warrant Officer Wally Thompson OAM

Warrant Officer Wally Thompson AO, the inaugural Regimental Sergeant Major of the Australian Army, passed away peacefully at Bankstown Hospital on Thursday 19 April 2012.

I had the honour of serving with Warrant Officer Wally Thompson when he was the Brigade Sergeant Major of the 1st Brigade at Holsworthy in 1982. [Read more…]

Field Marshall Sir Thomas Blamey: Australia’s most promoted but least appreciated soldier

An address to the United Services Institute by Major-General Gordon Maitland AO OBE RFD ED (Retd) 

The United Services Institiute presents the Blamey Oration biannually in conjunction with the Field Marshall Sir Thomas Blamey Memorial Fund. The oration perpetuates the memory of Sir Thomas Blamey, Australia’s highest ranking serviceman and, arguably, its greatest soldier. In this oration, which marks the 54th anniversary of the death of the Field Marshall on 27 May 1951, General Maitland reviews several controversial relationships and events in Blamey’s career and, in seeking to set the record straight, presents new evidence from his own research on the Kokoda campaign. [Read more…]