By Albert Palazzo
This e-book describes the advance of the military and its evolution from the colonial armies of Federation to the fashionable, specialist strength it really is this day. It unearths that the Army's association is the results of advanced interactions among the government's monetary and protection regulations, the wishes of the general public, and the pursuits of army leaders.
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Although the Naval Director did not achieve his ambitions, at least in 1905, the presentation of the plan was significant because it represented the first time that one service attempted to advance its own interests at the expense of another. 66 The system outlined by McCay went into effect on 9 December 1904. Hutton had already left for England in November at the expiration of his contract. BrigadierGeneral H. 67 Before the end of his tenure, Hutton provided an assessment of the organisation he left behind.
The Colonial Defence Committee was correct when it noted that ‘on account of its insular character and its geographical position there is no British territory so little liable to aggression … as that of Australasia’. 16 The Australian Government shared the Colonial Defence Committee’s opinion, not perceiving any dangers during the years immediately following Federation. 17 The Royal Navy had long served as Australia’s primary defence, and reliance upon the imperial fleet would remain unchecked until Pearl Harbor.
19 It was the Royal Navy that provided the sea power that sustained the empire as a whole. Through its control of the seas, it provided Australia with protection from invasion and safeguarded the nation’s commerce from interference. 21 the australian army The imperial fleet could assure this degree of protection because the Admiralty believed that the Royal Navy would lose control of the seas only if an opponent bested it in a decisive battle, an improbable result in 1901, given the superiority of its ships.
The Australian Army: A History of Its Organisation 1901-2001 (The Australian Army History Series) by Albert Palazzo