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Sturdee, Vernon Ashton Hobart (1890-1966)


Photograph of Vernon A.H. Sturdee

Australian War Memorial. Via Wikimedia Commons

Sir V.A.H. Sturdee was the Australian Army Chief of Staff when war broke out in the Pacific. He later commanded 1 Australian Army in the Southwest Pacific, where he found his units assigned to pointless "mopping up" operations. He wrote his commander-in-chief:

The Jap garrisons are at present virtually in POW camps but feed themselves, so why incur a large number of Australian casualties in the process of eliminating them?

Sturdee's plea was ignored, and Australian forces were ordered to continue offensive operations to eliminate the isolated Japanese units.

Service record

1890     

Born
1933
Colonel     
Director, Military Operations and Intelligence
1938

Director of Staff Duties, Army Headquarters
1939

Commander, Eastern Command
1939

Commander, 2 Military District
1940-8-1
Major general     
Commander, 8 Australian Division
1940-8-13     
Lieutenant general     
Chief of the General Staff
1942-10

Head, Australian Military Mission to the U.S.
1943-12     

Commander, 1 Australian Army
1945

Chief of the General Staff

References

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-1-31)

Hastings (2007)

Pettibone (2006)



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